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Comrade in arms: Malaysian soldiers greeting their American counterparts after the opening ceremony of the joint exercise at Kem Lapangan Terbang in Sungai Petani.
SUNGAI PETANI: A total of 100 army personnel from Malaysia and the United States are taking part in a joint exercise called Keris Strike Exercise at Kem Lapangan Terbang here.
The 10-day exercise also involves 10 women from the 25th Infantry Division of the US Army headed by Brig-Gen John P. Johnson from the Hawaii-based US Army Pacific Command.
According to Malaysia’s 2nd Infan-try Division commanding officer Maj-Gen Datuk Mohd Shukri Ahmad, the exercise was a manifestation and expression of close military ties and cooperation between the two countries.
“It is an avenue to further strengthen the good relations between US troops and the Malaysian army field command that we have enjoyed over the years,” said Maj-Gen Shukri, adding that the exercise was also to enhance the inter-operability between the two countries in handling conflicts within the Asian environment.
Brig-Gen Johnson said the US army was eager to work with the Malaysian army.
“We can exchange knowledge and experience. The key here is operating together,” he said, adding that the US army was thankful for the generous hospitality of the host.
The exercise focuses on the United Nation’s Peace Enforcement Opera-tions, with objectives including the extension of each other’s tactical knowledge.
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