The United States, will join forces with several South American countries to carry out military exercises in the Brazilian Amazon with the aim of increasing cooperation among the various armed forces.
The joint military exercises are named AMAZONLOG17 and will include the security forces of 16 countries. Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, will be providing troops and logistics, while the United States will be providing only logistics.
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Throughout the area, joint exercises will be undertaken by troops and agencies in Brazil and surrounding border countries.
From September 26 to 28 they will participate in a Humanitarian Logistics Symposium (SILOGEM), in conjunction with the exhibition of military technology and preparatory activities.
Then from November 6 to 13, they will participate in a series of logistics exercises, culminating in the installation of an Integrated Multinational Logistics Base in Tabatinga.
Remote Tabatinga is Brazil’s westernmost city on the Amazon River; the city shares a border with Leticia, Colombia, while Peru lies just across the Amazon, on the south bank. The region, known as the “Tres Fronteras” or “Three Borders” is an eco-tourism hotspot, but also serves as the major entry point for hard drugs into Brazil.
This is not the first time that more than a dozen countries have joined forces to carry out military exercises in the South American region: last June the United States and 17 other nations participated in joint military exercises off the coast of Venezuela as part of an exercise in maritime security and disaster response.
The annual exercise was focused on the Caribbean, and included leadership at the executive level, providing an opportunity for participating nations to collaborate on various international security issues.
Among the participating nations were Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. Military personnel from the United States, Canada, France, Mexico, and the United Kingdom also participated.
Source: La Patilla