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U.S., South Korea to hold 11-day military exercises this month

Spring drills are biggest in 5 years, reflecting North Korean advances and Ukraine lessons

U.S. military spokesman Col. Isaac Taylor, left, shakes hands with South Korean counterpart Col. Lee Sung-jun during a March 3 briefing in Seoul.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- The U.S. and South Korean militaries will hold their first spring field exercises in five years as the allies bolster their readiness for a crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

The Freedom Shield exercises will be held for 11 consecutive days starting March 13, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday. This will make them longest uninterrupted exercises between the two allies, according to South Korean media.

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