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Australian troops join S. Korea-US landing drill

Published on Apr 20, 2013 1:36 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - Australian combat troops have for the first time taken part in annual South Korea-US joint military drills, a South Korean defense ministry spokesman said Saturday.

The 18-member army unit joined a landing drill held near the southeastern city of Pohang as part of the Foal Eagle US-South Korea joint military exercise, the spokesman said.

Australia is a member of the 16-nation United Nations Command, and fought alongside South Korea during the Korean War against North Korea and China.

Australian casualties in the 1950-53 war numbered more than 1,500, of whom 340 were killed, according to the Australian War Memorial's official website.

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