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US Army Preparing Largest Exercise in Europe Against Russia in 25 Years

29,000 American and 8,000 other NATO troops to take part in a "force projection" stretching over 10 countries

The US Army is planning its biggest deployment of troops to Europe in 25 years, with 20,000 troops slated to take part in a massive force projection exercise at a time of increasingly adversarial relations with Russia.

General Christopher Cavoli, the commander of US ground forces in Europe, said 20,000 US-based troops will deploy next year to Europe where they will join some 9,000 other US soldiers already stationed there.

Some 37,000 troops will then take part in exercises across 10 European countries from May to June, he told reporters at the Pentagon.

The US-based forces will begin flowing in in February, moving 13,000 pieces of equipment, including tanks, artillery and transport vehicles, across 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers), he said.

That will be a daunting logistical challenge as railroads in former Soviet countries have smaller gauges than western European countries and their bridges are not built to carry the weight of a 70-ton Abrams tank.

The Defender-Europe 20 exercise, as it is dubbed, marks a strategic turning point after years of US military cutbacks in post-Cold War Europe.

While Cavoli did not single out Russia as the focus, he said its annexation of Crimea in 2014 changed everything.

The aim is to “demonstrate the US military’s ability to quickly deploy a large force to support NATO and respond to any crisis,” he said.

“Our ability as an army to project power is absolutely fundamental to anything that we would get done,” he said.

Source: AFP

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JustPassingThrough
JustPassingThrough
5 months ago

“That will be a daunting logistical challenge as railroads in former
Soviet countries have smaller gauges than western European countries and
their bridges are not built to carry the weight of a 70-ton Abrams
tank.”
>this about says it all.

Richard Aahs
Richard Aahs
5 months ago

Anyone out there have any idea when the USians will awaken and put a stop to this nonsense?

Mikhail Garchenko
Mikhail Garchenko
5 months ago

…surely the Bear will not be able to close one eye that night…
Assholes. 😛

LS
LS
5 months ago

‘The aim is to “demonstrate the US military’s ability to quickly deploy a
large force to support NATO and respond to any crisis,” he said.’

In an actual ‘crisis’, you would not be permitted to just deploy a large force.

Nick Rhynes
Nick Rhynes
5 months ago
Reply to  LS

I’m thinking they know that as well, lol

Zaphod Braden
Zaphod Braden
5 months ago

Is NATO going to drive the raping, pillaging, murdering, islamic INVADERS back to PALESTINE/SEMITE-land, where they belong?
We killed countless “communists” because
“The Commies were going to take our JOBS, Our HOMES, and Our WAY of LIFE.”
Well our treasonous politicians are GIVING them away.
Why are we wasting TRILLION$ on weapons to fight Russia and China? Our borders are wide open to pillaging, raping, murdering invaders and the PEDOpriests & politicians “welcome” them.
All the Russians & Chinese have to do is drop their weapons and WALK into America and Europe, demand refuge and WELFARE and make themselves at home. Our PANSY ASSED MISSleaders will give them your Social Security and Country.
Remember that Chinese general who threatened to ship 100million peasants here? The PEDOpriests/politicians would love that.
NATO wants to take on RUSSIA?! (and maybe China)
NATO cannot defend it’s own people at HOME.
NATO cannot beat ISIS-AlQueda-Taliban-AlNusra
NATO families will be raped & murdered as NATO Troops fight far from home.
NATO installations will be sabotaged by Refujihadi Invaders.
NATO Troops should turn their weapons on their ENEMIES that are betraying them.

NATO defeated itself by being invaded and overrun by the REFUJIHADIS from the wars NATO started but can’t FINISH …………. THAT has to be a FIRST in all history.
Waffling and ranting about the Russian threat whilst the real enemy sits in our government offices and marches in our gates.
We pay them to plot against us.
We pay them to out breed us.
We watch while they commit treason and sedition.
We hand the West to them on a plate.
Only Russia, Poland, Hungary are standing up and fighting them.

Nick Rhynes
Nick Rhynes
5 months ago
Reply to  Zaphod Braden

Italy?

Séamus Ó Néill
Séamus Ó Néill
5 months ago

Let these tiny brained imbeciles have their war games, we all know how successful the great white bully is at fighting wars. America’s good at carpet bombing defenceless countries from 50,000 ft, but put their obese effeminates on the ground against a real army and they wouldn’t last a week. America has never had to fight in America, two oceans protecting her, but those days are gone. Although both Russia and China maintain that their vastly superior weapons are for defensive purposes, push them too far and you’ll discover just how powerful they are. I find it a bit ironic that the author laments about former Soviet Republic’s bridges not being able to carry the weight of an Abrams tank….very few bridges in America, with her crumbling infrastructure would be up to the task.

Nick Rhynes
Nick Rhynes
5 months ago

It wouldn’t even be close. China hasn’t the experience and russia is well under-armed for any conflict with the US, nevermind trying to project their inferior power halfway around the world.

Where does your loyalty lie, anyway?

Séamus Ó Néill
Séamus Ó Néill
5 months ago
Reply to  Nick Rhynes

My loyalties lie with the sovereign and inalienable right of every human being to be able to live a free and fulfilling life without interference. America is a war mongering, genocidal, satanic, entity who has spent its entire meagre existence bullying and stealing from the rest of the planet. I don’t like, nor want war, but if that’s what it takes to remove America from the scene, then so be it. Obviously your own American propaganda has blurred your reasoning and impedes you from accepting the capabilities of both Russia and China in the theatre of war….both are technologically, a decade at least, more advanced in hypersonic and underwater weapons than the US. One weapon , fired from a Russian sub could cause a devastating tsunami of the coast of any American city…..annihilating millions in seconds…..God forbid that that should ever happen, both Russia and China concentrating on defence….but one can be pushed too far !

Canosin
Canosin
5 months ago

utter nonsense…… it’s time to get rid of the occupying forces in Europe…… take your all your Abrams stuff back and keep em there.. .. there is no need for any US armed forces in Europe….. Crimea has always been and will remain in Russia, period…. General Cavoli (eehm in Italian means Cabbage) is as ignorant as the whole military leadership of the Divided States of Zionist America ….

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