'Peace Mission': SCO Anti-Terror Drills Kick Off in Kyrgyzstan

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Exercises of  Russian airborne troops - Sputnik International
Joint anti-terror exercises of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) dubbed Peace Mission 2016 began on Thursday in Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Central Military District's press service said.

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YEKATERINBURG (Russia), (Sputnik) — About 40 aircraft, including Russia's Su-24 frontline bombers and Mi-24 helicopters, as well as dozens of armored vehicles will participate in the drills, the press service said.

The Peace Mission exercises are held for the fourth time, but for the first time in Kyrgyzstan. The active phase of the drills involving Chinese, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Russian and Tadjik troops will run through September 21.

The SCO is a political, economic and military alliance that includes China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan will become full-fledged members of the organization at the 2017 SCO summit in Kazakhstan.

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