Xinhua News --- China's
August 11, 2006
The United States and Mongolia launched a two-week military
drill in peacekeeping techniques on Friday at a training
center 65 km west of the capital of Ulan Bator.
The exercises, code-named "Khan Quest 2006," bring together
850 troops from the United States and Mongolia, as well as 242
soldiers from Fiji, Tonga, Thailand, Bangladesh and India.
The United States and Mongolia began their annual joint
exercises in 2003 and the drills had involved only troops from
the two countries in the past.
The exercises, with a focus on peacekeeping training, would
boost cooperation among troops in such missions. participants
are to be trained in running checkpoints, patrolling, securing
a distribution site, convoys, how to cordon and search an area
and how to secure a building, according to a U.S. Army
Mongolian President Nambaryn Enkhbayar, and the chief of the
general staff of the Mongolian armed forces, Lieutenant
General Ts. Togoo attended the opening ceremony to launch the
"The training provided in Khan Quest will allow us to continue
our commitment to international peacekeeping and
counter-terrorism efforts," said Togoo.
Several countries including Britain, France, Italy, Japan,
Russia and South Korea sent observers to the exercises.