US, Australia Scale Back War Games Over Covid Fears
Brisbane, Australia, June 1 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 1st Jun, 2021 ) :A major US-Australia joint military exercise will go ahead this year despite pandemic concerns but will be significantly scaled-back, a senior Australian military officer said Tuesday.
The biannual "Talisman Sabre" war games -- seen as a key symbol of the countries' alliance -- will take place in July, but will be roughly half the usual size, as the number of foreign troops entering Australia will be limited.
"But all of those who will come in onto Australian territory will have had to have gone through quarantine practices.
Plans have been put in place to keep most of the foreign forces offshore for the duration of the exercise.
In 2019, the exercise included 34,000 mostly Australian and American personnel.