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    US and Filipino Forces End Drills that Tested Their Endurance in Brutal Heat and Volatile Weather

    US and Filipino Forces End Drills that Tested Their Endurance in Brutal Heat and Volatile Weather

    MANILA, — Hundreds of American and Filipino troops concluded Monday a new combat exercise in the northern Philippines that tested their endurance in more than a week of brutal heat and volatile weather, and braced them to respond to any threat in tropical jungles and on scattered islands, two U.S. and Philippine generals said.

    The Biden administration has been strengthening an arc of alliances in the Indo-Pacific to better counter , including in any possible confrontation over Taiwan and other Asian flash points. The move has dovetailed with Philippine efforts to shore up its territorial defenses amid escalating disputes with Beijing in the South China Sea.

    The large-scale battle drills, which have been held in Hawaii in recent years under the U.S. 's Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center, have been introduced in the Philippines this year. There is also a version in Alaska. The exercises allow the U.S. Army, its allies and friendly forces to train in extreme conditions “where they are most likely to operate from archipelagos, jungles and heat in the tropics to high-altitude and extreme cold in the Arctic,” said Maj. Adan Cazarez, a public affairs officer of the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division.

    The June 1-10 warfighting exercise began with an air assault on mock enemy forces to allow the deployment of U.S. and Filipino soldiers who secured an area, which served as a staging ground…

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