Steppe Eagle 2012 starts in Kazakhstan.

By bne IntelliNews September 19, 2012
An active phase of an international peacekeeping exercise Steppe-Eagle 2012 started at a training centre in Iliysk in Almaty region. About 1,500 soldiers take part in the drilling. The exercises include soldiers from Kazakhstan, Great Britain, the United States, Lithuania, Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The scenario of the exercises includes performing a peacekeeping mission in the area of a conventional conflict as part of a multinational contingent. Soon after those exercises, Russia, Kyrgyzstan , Tajikistan and Kazakhstan plan to hold drilling condemned as Clear Sky. Kazakhstan seems to be eager to strengthen cooperation in security sphere with all big powers engaged in Central Asia as ISAF plans to end its mission in Afghanistan in 2014.

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