More than 2,100 American and British paratroopers have jumped into Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for the start of a joint exercise.

The large scale UK and US operation is called the “combined joint operational access exercise” and is the biggest operation of its kind in the past 20 years.

Forces were to simulate an airfield evacuation of non-combatants.

The exercises were carried out to boost co-operation between the two units and train a rapid response to urgent military departments.

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