2011-04-18

Special Forces from Armies of 25 Countries Will Participate in Exercise in El Salvador

The Fuerzas Comando exercise, which will be held from 15 to 23 June, “is
                    designed to increase regional and multinational cooperation and mutual trust and
                    improve the training, readiness, and interoperability of the region’s special
                    forces.” (Photo by Army Sgt. Charles R. Brice, SOCSOUTH PAO/102D MPAD)

The Fuerzas Comando exercise, which will be held from 15 to 23 June, “is designed to increase regional and multinational cooperation and mutual trust and improve the training, readiness, and interoperability of the region’s special forces.” (Photo by Army Sgt. Charles R. Brice, SOCSOUTH PAO/102D MPAD)

AFP

Members of the special forces of the armies of twenty-five countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will participate in a skills exercise in El Salvador in June, which will be coordinated by the United States, the Salvadoran defense ministry announced.

The Fuerzas Comando exercise, which will be held from 15 to 23 June, “is designed to increase regional and multinational cooperation and mutual trust and improve the training, readiness, and interoperability of the region’s special forces,” the ministry indicated in a statement.

Teams from the special forces of the armies of Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic and a commando squad from the police of Costa Rica (which does not have an army), among others, will participate in the exercise, which will be coordinated by the U.S. Southern Command, the ministry noted.

The commando teams will be evaluated by a panel of military personnel on the basis of their abilities, tactics, techniques, and procedures during the exercise.

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