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    Saber Strike Military Exercises Kick Off in Estonia

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    Military exercises dubbed Saber Strike 2016 kicked off on Monday at the Estonian Tapa training base, the country's Defense Forces said in a statement.

    TALLINN (Sputnik) — This year, over 10,000 servicemen from 13 NATO and partner nations are taking part in the drills. Participating nations include three Baltic states, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

    At the opening ceremony, Deputy Commander of the Estonian Army Brig. Gen. Artur Tiganik stressed that Saber Strike exercises were among the most important training events, in which the European allies took part.

    "I [would like to] thank the US Army, under whose leadership our European friends are participating in the drills. Their participation in the provision of our region's security is difficult to underestimate," Tiganik said.

    Meanwhile, US Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Kramer noted that such exercises as Saber Strike strengthened ability of the countries to operate as a combined force and demonstrated the commitment of NATO and its partner nations.

    Conducted annually since 2010, Saber Strike is a US-Europe set of cooperative military training drills held between May 27 and June 21 in multiple locations throughout Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

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