U.S.-Thai Cobra Gold military exercises to go ahead six months after coup

Gen. Boonsrang Niumpradit, Thailand's supreme military commander, says Washington has decided to go ahead with the "Cobra Gold" multi-national joint exercise following Thailand's suspension of martial law in 41 provinces, The Bangkok Post reports that this year's exercise, the 26th installment of the maneuvers, will be held from May 8th to the 18th. Thailand's military ousted then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on September 19th, leading Washington to cut $24 million in military assistance as required under section 508 of the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act. In the process, the staging of "Cobra Gold," which involves land, sea and air operations, was also put on hold.
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