Algeria conducts military exercises on Libyan border

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-14 22:30:24|Editor: yan
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ALGIERS, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Algerian army forces on Tuesday conducted military exercises on the border with Libya under the supervision of interim Algerian Army Chief of Staff Said Chengriha, official media reported.

Algerian Defense Ministry on Monday said that Chengriha would pay a visit in the following day to the fourth military region of Ouargla, not far from the Libyan border, to follow up the implementation of the combat program across army units over all military regions.

The visit of Chengriha started from the locality of In-Amenas, on the border with Libya.

The defense ministry said in a statement that the army chief was due to oversee "tactical and graphic exercises with live ammunition" which will be conducted by units of Armored Brigade 41.

On Dec. 26, 2019, the High Security Council held a meeting chaired by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, deciding to take measures to strengthen protection of the borderline with the war-ridden Libya and Mali.

Libya is hit by civil war since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011.

Algeria, which shares 1,000 km long border with Libya, fears the fallout of any potential "proxy war" in Libya.

The North African nation has deployed tens of thousands of troops along the border with Libya to thwart intrusion of terrorists and arms.