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Nine European countries start military exercises in Austria

09-14-2010 08:20 BJT

VIENNA, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- The "European Advance 2010" military exercises involving 6,700 troops from nine European countries started Monday in northern Austria.

The Austrian Broadcasting (ORF) reported that the 10-day operation in the military area in Allentsteig of Lower Austria also involved 780 militia and 90 military students, as well as more than 1,600 military vehicles and 50 airplanes, including the Eurofighter and the Black Hawk.

The nine countries are Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro.

The "European Advance 2010" was the continent's biggest military training operation this year, aiming to strengthen international cooperation in anti-terror, disaster protection, combats against international organized crimes and fights against weapons of mass destruction.

"Since the end of the Cold War, the scenario has changed," Gunter Hofler, commandant of the Austrian Armed Forces Commando, said, adding: "threats have crossed boundaries and can't be overcome by a single state any longer."

The military exercises would cost about 4.5 million euros (about 5.77 million U.S. dollars).

Editor:Li yang |Source: Xinhua

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