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Security Forces from the Region in Belize

Tropical Dagger’, that’s the codename given to a joint military training being conducted by the Belize Defence Force along with security forces from Jamaica, Canada and the United States of America. The training which was designed to improve operational readiness, effectiveness, and inter-operability within partner nations began on November 5. Instructors from Canadian Land Forces focused the training on both conventional and non-conventional tactics including combating terrorism and transnational organized crime. This morning the media was invited to witness a simulation in Orange Walk Town. Hipolito Novelo reports.

Hippolito Novelo

“For the past month, these security forces have been tracking a drug lord.”

Lt. Colonel Steven Ortega – Acting BDF Commander

“They do planning, preparation, reconnaissance and from there they come up with a plan.”

Hipolito Novelo

“That plan was executed today going in fully armed and with a strategic plan the forces primary mission was to capture the Narco trafficker alive.”

Lt. Colonel Steven Ortega – Acting BDF Commander

“We had grown troops coming in infiltrating by ground and then the assault force coming in by helicopter to clear certain buildings to capture the drug lord.”

Reporter

Did they get him

Lt. Colonel Steven Ortega – Acting BDF Commander

“I think you saw him bundled up and taken in the helicopter so I believe they got him.”

Hipolito Novelo

Acting BDF commander Cornel Steven Ortega explained that forces from Jamaica, United States, and Canada are participating in the annual training course aimed at countering terrorism and transnational organized crime.

Lt. Colonel Steven Ortega – Acting BDF Commander

:”What you just witnessed was a combined interagency approach to this exercise. Combined meaning more than one country. We had the Canadians we had the Jamaicans and they had Belizeans. Interagency meaning you had the BDF, you had the Coast Guard and the Police cooperating as one unit and that’s what the training lead up to so that they can accomplish what their mission was at the time. So that was the main focus of the exercise so that the troops can actually coordinate what they need to do in terms of training techniques, procedures to ensure that they are all seeing of the same sheet. From what I saw it went pretty smooth. Every person knew what building they were going to assault, how they were going to do and they did what they were supposed to do. Reporting for Love news Hipolito Novelo.”

The training is being observed by representatives from the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, and Mexico. The training ends on November 30.

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