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EU troops stage exercise to protect oil-rich nation

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posted on Oct, 21 2005 @ 02:40 AM

European troops are this week conducting air and ground exercises in southern France simulating an international defense of an oil-rich country under attack, officials said.

Some 3,000 soldiers from France, Belgium and Germany are taking part in the exercise, dubbed OAPEX 2005, which will test a scenario in which the European forces are flown in, with armored vehicles and a U.N. mandate, to battle a hypothetical enemy invading an oil-producing nation.

β€œThe aim is to look at situations that already exist,” a French military spokesman, Lt.-Col. Jean-Luc Favre, told Agence France-Presse at an Air Force base in Toulouse.

He did not say what country the exercise was modeled on, explaining only that it was β€œa country which possesses oil fields and which is attacked by another country.”

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And I thought it was only the U.S that wanted to protect oil fields... Oil prices would be a lot higher if Iraq wasn't liberated and shipping out oil across the globe. But do we get a 'thank you'... no!

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