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Algeria concludes live ammunition night drills on Morocco, Western Sahara border

June 8, 2022 at 12:13 pm

A picture taken from the Moroccan region of Oujda shows Algerian border guards patrolling along the border with Morocco on November 4, 2021 [FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images]

The Algerian army on Tuesday concluded night drills using live ammunition held on the border of Morocco and the disputed Western Sahara region.

A statement issued by the Algerian Ministry of Defence disclosed that Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Saïd Chengriha on Monday and Tuesday supervised: “The implementation of a night tactical exercise with live ammunition dubbed Resilience 2022.”

The statement indicated that the drills aimed: “To test the operational readiness and the ability to carry out and manage night combat operations, and to assess the ability to successfully implement the assigned tasks in various circumstances.”

According to the statement, the drill: “Was conducted at night in conditions close to reality, in order to successfully train commanders and staff to organise night combat operations.”

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The statement explained that the drills were carried out by units of the southern operational sector in Tindouf (southwest), with the participation of units of various forces.

Algerian television broadcasted scenes of the drills depicting a major battle in the region, involving aviation and ground forces along with missile and artillery systems.

The operational sector in Tindouf is located southwest of Algeria in an area adjacent to the border with Morocco and the disputed Western Sahara territory.

The drill came days after the Algerian navy forces conducted an exercise at a base west of the country, covering the coasts of Morocco and Spain, dubbed Hurricane 2022, with the participation of submarines.