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RCAF, US troops on alert for Sentinel

Cambodian and United States soldiers are set to kick-off the third annual Angkor Sentinel today, a bilateral military exchange.

The 10-day exercise, which will take place in Kampong Speu and Kampot provinces, is designed to boost the defence relationship between the two countries; 100 soldiers from the US will participate along with 420 members of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.

“We hope to promote stronger experiences for our members of RCAF for humanitarian missions,” Ministry of Defense spokesman Chhum Socheat told the Post yesterday.

According to a press release issued by the US embassy in Phnom Penh yesterday, the joint exercise is part of a “substantial multi-year effort” by the US armed forces “to actively engage with Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and expand peacekeeping and stability operations capabilities”.

The joint mission will include both field exercises – such as training for handling improvised explosive devices – and humanitarian work.

Last year, US soldiers helped build a three-room school and a health clinic.

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