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Five Countries Take Aim at SE Asia Terrorism

Defense chiefs from Australia, Britain, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore agreed on Monday to exchange military intelligence to fight the threat of terrorism in southeast Asia. The generals, in Malaysia for a regular meeting, also said the five countries would hold a joint military exercise in the South China Sea from June 20 to July 7. “On terrorism, we agree to have joint cooperation, exchanging of intelligence and information,” Malaysia’s armed forces chief Zahidi Zainuddin said after a biennial meeting of the Five Power Defense Arrangements (FDPA). The one-day meeting came as Thailand said on Monday four Thai soldiers were killed and three wounded by Muslim militants who crossed from Malaysia to raid army bases and steal weapons. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said two attacks, in the early hours of Monday in Muslim-dominated Narathiwat and Yala provinces near the Malaysia border, were carried out by militants who received backing from “some Middle East countries.” Full Story

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