US, SA forces join up for military exercise

2017-07-13 15:11

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Johannesburg - South African forces are hosting the US military in an exercise modelled on a United Nations peacekeeping mandate - currently applied in eastern Congo - that allows for offensive military action against rebel groups.

The South African military said on Thursday that joint field training begins on Monday at the Lohatla military area in Northern Cape province. The exercise ends on August 4.

South African authorities say US C-17 aircraft will participate and US military vehicles will travel from Cape Town to the training.

South Africa says manoeuvres will follow a robust UN mandate in which "belligerent forces are forced to disengage and to discontinue the armed conflict".

The UN's Congo mission aims to protect civilians from conflict, notably from armed groups that roam the vast eastern region and fight over mineral wealth.

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