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Counter-terrorism exercises in Australia ahead of Rugby World Cup

Three blackhawk helicopters hovered low over central Sydney while tactical assault soldiers dropped onto a high rise building where mock terrorists were holed up in a counter-terrorism exercise a week before the start of the Rugby World Cup tournament in Australia. The commandos’ task was to secure the building at the Garden Island Naval Base on Sydney harbour with the help of Navy clearance divers ahead of an exercise Monday when they will practice rescuing hostages. The exercise is one of the three training drills Australian police and defence personnel are engaged in to finesse their counter-terrorism response in an era of heightened security awareness. “This is part of a routine exercise which has now been tailored to meet the contingencies of the Rugby World Cup,” Special Operations Commander Australia Major General Duncan Lewis told reporters. Full Story

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