Brazil will increase border security in preparation for the Confederations Cup. (Google Images)
Brazil will increase border security in preparation for the Confederations Cup. (Google Images)

Lucy Jordan of The Rio Times is reporting that the Ministry of Defense in Brazil is sending 25,000 soldiers to patrol its borders in an unprecedented military operation to shore up security at next month’s Confederations Cup. The Confederations Cup will be a test of Brazil’s capacity to successfully host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, as well as the visit of the Pope for World Youth Day this July.

Operation Ágata 7, as the mission is known, was launched over the weekend in response to several high-profile attacks that have made international headlines. In a statement released Saturday the government said it would focus on cross-border crimes that could potentially affect security: drug and weapons trafficking, smuggling, illegal immigration and illegal mining. Operation Ágata 7 will also work to prevent human trafficking.

Read more about border patrols in preparation for the Confederations Cup at the Rio Times.

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