Russia To Deploy Soldiers For First Ever Drill in Africa

Russian paratroopers

A dog stands near Russian paratroopers, who are waiting to board a helicopter, during a military exercise outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 27, 2015. Russian paratroopers are set to take part in an exercise in Africa for the first time. (Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters)


The joint drill with the Egyptian armed forces is set to take place later this month, with Russian troops, sporting equipment designed for hot climates, practicing combat with militants in desert conditions.

Russian military air carriers will also take part in the drill, which is the first time they will do so in the continent of Africa.

The weather conditions will replicate a number of Middle Eastern environments, including Syria, where the Russian air force is engaged in combat with a number of militant groups. Russia has been forced to repeatedly deny that its intervention in Syria does not include ground operations.

Full article: Russia To Deploy Soldiers For First Ever Drill in Africa (Newsweek)

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