Thai government and Muslim guerrillas sign Ramadan cease fire accord

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Leon Penetta, then U.S. Secretary of Defense, visiting Thai military officials in Bangkok in November 2011 to sign a "2012 Joint Vision Statement for the Thai-U.S. Defense Alliance" describing their security relationship.  Thailand is a "major non-NATO ally" of the U.S. which has armed and financed its military for decades, and conducts massive, joint training exercises on Thai territory each year. Photo by Richard S. Ehrlich

Leon Penetta, then U.S. Secretary of Defense, visiting Thai military officials in Bangkok in November 2011 to sign a "2012 Joint Vision Statement for the Thai-U.S. Defense Alliance" describing their security relationship. Thailand is a "major non-NATO ally" of the U.S. which has armed and financed its military for decades, and conducts massive, joint training exercises on Thai territory each year. Photo by Richard S. Ehrlich

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(RNS) The two sides want to achieve a violence-free month of Ramadan in four Thailand provinces where a decade of fighting has killed more than 5,700 people.