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Cuba's armed forces on Saturday began holding military exercises aimed at preparing the Communist-ruled island to defend itself against any possible attack from the United States, local media reported.
Military units from across the island "began this weekend to prepare for Cuba's defense... which would combine the participation of the armed forces and the people," the government-run Prensa Latina reported.
It wrote that taking part in the exercises are military units from Camaguey in eastern Cuba, the central city of Matanzas and the town of Artemisa outside Havana.
Reports said officials believe the military maneuvers are needed to respond to "constant harassment and aggression" from the US, which broke relations with Havana in 1961 and imposed a trade embargo the following year.