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Brazil Sends 9,000 Troops To Patrol Borders

August 8, 2012 By Staff

Top Story — The Brazilian government deployed 9,000 troops to patrol its borders with neighboring countries Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay, according to the Brazilian Defense Ministry on Tuesday. The operation is meant to patrol Brazilian frontiers to prevent the entry of drugs, contraband and weapons at major points of entry. The troops, which include members of the army, air force and navy as well as police forces, will patrol the skies as well as land and sea, using helicopters, planes, and drones for surveillance. The Brazilian government has previously ordered four similar border operations as part of “Operation Agatha”, and the troop surge is expected to continue through the end of the month.

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