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Russia Stages Military Exercises In Restive South


http://gdb.rferl.org/A5000CBA-A989-415F-940A-083DEEDFF19F_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/A5000CBA-A989-415F-940A-083DEEDFF19F_mw800_mh600.jpg Russian Interior Ministry officer (file photo) (RFE/RL) April 24, 2006 -- Russia launched major military exercises near Chechnya today, involving 32,000 personnel.


Russian NTV television reports that troops from the Defense Ministry, Interior Ministry, and special services practiced repelling large-scale guerrilla operations, preventing terrorist attacks, and freeing hostages.


The channel said this is the biggest exercise of its kind in years.


(AP, AFP)

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