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US, Russian Troops Get Green Light For Nicaragua Training Ops

Nov. 27, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE   |   Comments
Nicaraguan Army members march during a military parade last year. Nicaragua's legislature Tuesday approved US and Russian troops to take part in joint exercises to train local forces fighting drug traffickers and organized crime.
Nicaraguan Army members march during a military parade last year. Nicaragua's legislature Tuesday approved US and Russian troops to take part in joint exercises to train local forces fighting drug traffickers and organized crime. (HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP)
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MANAGUA — Nicaragua’s legislature Tuesday gave a green light for US and Russian troops to take part in joint exercises to train local forces fighting drug traffickers and organized crime.

The legislature voted 66-20 to approve the operations on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. No dates were immediately given.

The United States and former Soviet Union waged a proxy war in the Central American nation in the 1980s. Current Sandinista President Daniel Ortega was among the country’s revolutionary leaders back then.

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