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Over 10,000 US troops to participate in massive landing drill in South Korea

Published on Mar 20, 2014 2:55 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - More than 10,000 United States troops will participate in a large-scale landing drill in South Korea next week, the US military said on Thursday, days after North Korea test-fired 25 projectiles in apparent protest at the continuing joint exercises.

The drill, code-named Ssang Yong ("Twin Dragons") and billed by local news media as one of the largest-ever of amphibious landing exercises by the two allies, will take place from March 27 through to April 7 on the south-east coast of South Korea.

It will involve 7,500 US Marines, 2,000 US Navy personnel, and an undisclosed number of Australian and South Korean forces, a US military spokesman told AFP.

Yonhap news agency said 3,500 Marines and 1,000 Navy sailors would take part from South Korea.

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