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U.S. to Take Part in Exercise

August 21, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ About 400 U.S. airmen, sailors and soldiers will participate in a multinational peacekeeping exercise in Salta, Argentina, starting this week, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

The exercise, called ``Cabanas 2001,″ is the largest of its kind in Latin America this year, said Maj. Eduardo Villavicencio, a spokesman at U.S. Southern Command headquarters in Miami.

The U.S. troops involved are from the 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Special Operations Command-South, at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.

The other countries participating are Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela will send observers.

The troops will practice working together on a variety of peacekeeping tasks, including food distribution, police operations, the identification and marking of land mines and coordinating with civilian officials.

The exercise starts Wednesday and is scheduled to finish Sept. 11.

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