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Algeria conducts ‘Storm 2018’ exercise near Libyan border

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ALGIERS (Xinhua) – Algeria on Monday conducted the military exercise coded “Storm 2018” in the southernmost district of Djanet near the Libyan border, APS news agency reported.

The live-fire tactical exercise, supervised by Algerian Vice Defense Minister Ahmed Gaid Salah, involves units from ground force, air force and air defense force.

The exercise aims to assess the disposition of battle corps to deter threats, and demonstrate combat effectiveness and capabilities of modern combat systems and equipment, APS said.

It will also shed light on the interoperability between the different categories of the army during the execution of the various combat missions, it added.

This is the second exercise performed by the Algerian army since May, as the region is plagued by unprecedented security and political instability.

Algeria has deployed tens of thousands of troops on the southern and eastern border, in a bid to thwart potential intrusion of militants and arms, amid instability reigning in Mali and civil war hitting Libya.

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