Australia to take part in U.S. anti-terrorism exercise 2007-09-26 16:22:12   Print

    CANBERRA, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock announced on Wednesday Australia will take part in a U.S. counter-terrorism exercise for the first time next month.

    Exercise Top Officials 4 in Arizona, Oregon and the U.S. territory of Guam, or TOPOFF 4, is the fourth in a series of exercises hosted by the United States.

    The exercise is aimed at testing U.S. preparedness and response systems in relation to a simulated terrorist incident.

    Australian government agencies will join Canada and the United Kingdom in this year's exercise.

    "Australia has a comprehensive counter-terrorism exercise program to test our arrangements at a national level," Ruddock said in a statement.

    "TOPOFF 4 will allow our Australian security agencies to test their responses in conjunction with some of our international partners," he said.

    "Taking part in a large scale international exercise allows Australia to continue to strengthen our national preparedness while also expanding international coordination mechanisms," he said.

    During the exercise, personnel from Australian agencies will beembedded with U.S. agencies as they respond to simulated attacks.

    Australia will also work with the three countries to respond toconsular issues arising from the attacks.

Editor: Wang Hongjiang
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