Barely acknowledged by the Western media, military exercises organized by Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan under the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, (CSTO) were launched on the 24th of August. These war games, officially tagged as part of a counter terrorism program, are in direct response to US military threats in the region including the planned attacks against Iran.The reporter, Michel Chossudovsky, goes on to relate that not only Russia and its CSTO partners are war gaming but China is joining in as well. This is all taking place while Iran is conducting war games in the region.
The Rubezh-2006 exercise, is scheduled to take place from August 24-29 near the Kazak port city of Aktau:
"It will be the first joint military exercise undertaken by CSTO countries, and will involve 2,500 members drawn from various armed services of member states, with Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan the principal participants. Uzbekistan, which has recently rejoined the CSTO, will send observers, while the two other pact members, Belarus and Armenia, will not be taking part .( IPWR News Briefing Central Asia)
Saturday, August 26, 2006
EeeYow!! Russia, Central Asian states in joint war games
I would hope that the U.S. State Department, the Pentagon, the CIA and the (p)Resident have read this: