SADC soldiers train on handling coups

Late Zambia president Levy Mwanawasa commissioning the standby brigade

Late Zambia president Levy Mwanawasa commissioning the standby brigade

Soldiers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) known as Stand-by Brigade entered early Saturday the “real test” of the Dolphin Phase III Military Exercises in Angola.

The “real test” consists in the combat of fictitious armed rebellion holding the president of the Republic of “Lohatla” hostage, in an attempt to seize power in that country.

These exercises will be followed by a training programme for police officers from the community member states, focusing on restoring of order and stability in the “Republic” of Loatla, and overcome unrest such as looting and violence.

The Stand-by Brigade was officially created on August 17, 2007, during the 27th session of the SADC heads of State and Government, held in Lusaka, Zambia.

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