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Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan hold drills near Afghan border

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By Reuters

<div> <p><span class="caps">TASHKENT</span> – Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have held military drills near the former’s border with Afghanistan, imitating a response to an incursion, the Uzbek defence ministry said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Central Asian nations bordering Afghanistan, together with Russia, have held a series of military exercises close to its borders since the Taliban took over Kabul – while most also made moves to establish working ties with the new Afghan government.</p> <p>This week’s drills near Termez involved some 300 servicemen and 50 vehicles, as well as artillery, fighter jets, helicopters and drones, the ministry said.</p> <p>Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan – which does not share a border with Afghanistan – are the biggest countries in the former Soviet region that has close ties with Russia and China.</p> <p/> </div>