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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  GarryB on Sun Jan 11, 2015 5:33 am

    They will to defend Europe from ISIS and Al Qaida.

    What number of US troops in Europe would save Europe from suicide bombings or lone gunmen?

    And why are all the US troops in the US unable to stop whackjob gunmen from going on shooting rampages on US soil?

    No amount of troops foreign or domestic can prevent such things... even the troops themselves could go haywire with their service weapons and kill people... has happened before.

    US troops in Europe is all about control and influence in Europe for the US. Same for US troops in South Korea and Japan etc etc etc.


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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  Kyo on Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:27 pm

    Battalion0415 wrote:

    They will to defend Europe from ISIS and Al Qaida.

    Huh? What is this? A Little Red Riding Hood kinda story?

    By the way, son. Why did the Swedish Academy give Nobel Obama the Peace prize. Remember this lame duck's last speech at the UN?

    Russian aggression in Europe recalls the days when large nations trampled small ones in pursuit of territorial ambition


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    Post  George1 on Fri Jan 23, 2015 2:14 am

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  Airbornewolf on Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:06 pm


    it does not take much to make the yanks paranoid tough, 2011 i took an american soldier (i actually could get along with) and his wife to the Netherlands. he actually had to get written authorization to be further than 2 hours driving in his freaking weekend from his base Razz.

    but.... to be fair. dutch soldiers are no longer allowed to wear our uniform on the street and do not even have the manpower to military secure our own bases.

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  Battalion0415 on Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:13 pm

    I have right now. Basis in Europe from America vs Al Qaida and Islamic State(IS).
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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  Werewolf on Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:14 pm

    Battalion0415 wrote:I have right now. Basis in Europe from America vs Al Qaida and Islamic State(IS).


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    Post  George1 on Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:11 am

    Army Looking to Store Tanks, Equipment in Eastern Europe

    U.S. Army Europe will soon dispatch a survey team to eastern Europe to scout locations for tanks and other military hardware as part of a broader effort to bolster the U.S. military presence in a region rattled by Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the Army's top commander in Europe said Friday.

    "We are doing surveys here in the next few weeks up in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria to see if there is a place where perhaps some of that equipment could be stored there," USAREUR chief Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said during an interview with Stars and Stripes. "Maybe it's a company, maybe it's a whole battalion, we don't know yet until we do the survey."

    In 2015, the Army expects to rotate a full-sized, U.S.-based heavy brigade of some 3,000 troops and additional tanks and other armored vehicles through Europe in connection with the service's Regionally Aligned Force initiative. Last year, the program kicked off on a smaller scale, bringing combat tanks back into Europe after a brief absence following the elimination of two Germany-based heavy brigades in 2013. Now, the regional concept is picking up steam, with plans for 220 armored vehicles in Europe.

    "The big question for us right now is ‘where are they going to go?' Obviously, a part is going to stay here," Hodges said, referring to the Grafenwöhr training area. "We really want to put some in southeastern Europe, some in the Baltics, some in Poland. Those countries want them bad -- an obvious reason, they're a deterrent aspect."

    Once the surveys are concluded, a formal recommendation will be submitted to European Command chief Gen. Philip Breedlove, Hodges said. That will happen sometime in February.

    In the meantime, the challenge is finding places to store all the inbound heavy gear. Initially, the regional brigade concept called for forward positioning enough equipment to support a battalion rotating through Europe at any given time. Hodge's plan calls for expanding those "European Activity Sets" to the brigade level, making it easier for larger elements to move in and out of Europe for training missions.

    "The European Activity Set is growing obviously," Hodges said. "The ultimate EAS will include the full armored brigade combat team, three maneuver battalions, a reconnaissance squadron, artillery, engineers and all that. That's probably about 220 armored vehicles, tanks, Bradleys."

    Hodges expects all the heavy armor equipment to be in place by the end of 2015.

    "Some of it is already here now, in fact, its right at Grafenwöhr," he said.

    Meanwhile, USAREUR could for a time hold on to at least one site that it had previously planned to turn over to the Germans -- Coleman Barracks in Mannheim -- which has the potential to be used as a temporary storage site until permanent locations are found in the east, according to USAREUR.

    Hodges, who was at the Army's sprawling training center in Hohenfels, Germany, on Friday to observe U.S. soldiers working alongside Canadian, British, Dutch and Hungarian troops, said the Army plan to rotate a heavy brigade through Europe comes at a crucial time. The latest rotational brigade bound for Europe -- 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division -- fits into an overall European Command strategy that aims to deter Russian aggression, reassure allies in the east, and strengthen training partnerships with allies, Hodges said.

    Europe-based troops also continue to play a key role. In the spring, the Vicenza, Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade will deploy a battalion into western Ukraine to train the country's national guard and Defense Ministry personnel in a range of tactics, Hodges said.

    For nearly a year, Ukrainian forces have been at war with Russian-backed separatists in the country's east. While Moscow has denied sending troops into Ukraine or providing heavy weapons, Hodges said there are numerous signs of Russian involvement.

    "Hundreds of armored vehicles, rocket launchers and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) that are being provided, either employed by Russians or by their proxies in the eastern Ukraine," Hodges said. "The sky is full of Russian UAVs and they are immediately finding all the Ukrainian formations, and (the Ukranians) are suffering huge causalities from artillery, rockets."
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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  George1 on Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:36 am

    Majority of Troops Fighting Ebola Outbreak in West Africa to Return - DoD

    Pentagon announced that the United States will return most of its military personnel located in West Africa.

    WASHINGTON, February 11 (Sputnik) — The United States will return most of its military personnel located in West Africa helping to fight the Ebola outbreak since being deployed to the region in September, the Pentagon announced in a statement.

    “Given the success of the U.S. response to the crisis, the majority of DoD personnel in West Africa will now return home,” the Pentagon statement read on Tuesday.

    Some 1,500 troops will return to the United States beginning on Tuesday and nearly all will follow returning by April 30, according to the Pentagon statement.

    The Pentagon said that the agency would support about 10,000 civilian responders who are still in West Africa by leaving behind “important assets that can help health workers stem potential outbreaks in the future.”

    Health care workers walk past boots that were washed to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus inside a USAID, funded Ebola clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The World Health Organization says officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the virus’ spread.

    Additionally, the Pentagon will continue to have 100 personnel in the region who will help with increasing “disease preparedness and surveillance capacity of the national governments.”

    “Over the past several months, the Department of Defense delivered critical life-saving resources, constructed Ebola Treatment Units, trained hundreds of local and international healthcare workers, and provided logistical support to humanitarian and public health workers who provided care throughout West Africa,” the Pentagon statement read.

    The US began deploying troops to the region to assist with fighting the Ebola outbreak in September 2014 in an operation known as Operation United Assistance.

    According to WHO statistics, the deadly Ebola virus disease has killed over 9,000 people in the three most affected West African countries. The number of confirmed cases has exceeded 22,525.

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  George1 on Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:28 am

    The Endless War Continues? US to Keep Bases in Afghanistan Open Past 2015

    Just about a year ago, President Obama said that by the end of 2015, the number of US military troops stationed in Afghanistan would be cut in half from the current 10,000 level and they would operate only from bases in Kabul and Bagram.

    But that may not happen, at least not for the foreseeable future. The US says conditions in Afghanistan have changed since the president made that speech last May, and it would need all 10,000 troops in order to help Afghanistan fight the Taliban.

    The US considers the new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to be more cooperative and wants to help out, officials tell Reuters. Additionally, the White House doesn’t want to see a repeat of what happened in Iraq when US forces pulled out – local security forces eventually collapsed and the country was thrown into utter chaos.

    President Obama is expected to decide within the next few days whether to go through with a policy reversal in Afghanistan and slow down the withdrawal of US troops. Ghani, who supports keeping US troops in Afghanistan at the current level, will be in Washington next week and US troop presence is expected to be a top subject. Ghani shares power with Abdullah Abdullah as part of a unity government.

    Abdullah, who also supports not changing current troop level, will be in Washington with Ghani and will focus on lobbying for greater US presence in Afghanistan to help the new government fight the Taliban.

    US troops in Afghanistan have been a constant presence since 2001, when the US invaded the country after the September 11 terrorist attacks. At one point close to 36,000 US soldiers were deployed in Afghanistan, reaching a high of 53,000 after President Obama ordered 17,000 extra troops to the region in 2009. There have been gradual drawdowns ever since.

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    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:20 am

    US to Support 352,000 Strong Afghan Security Force

    The US Defense Department will seek funding to support 352,000 Afghan security forces until 2017 in order to ensure the security gains are not lost, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said after meeting with Afghan leaders at Camp David.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Maintaining Afghan security forces at the 350,000 level has cost about $4 billion per year.

    “The Defense Department intends to seek funding for Afghan forces to sustain end strength of 352,000 personnel through 2017,” Carter stated on Monday after a day of talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah.

    Carter explained the decision to support Afghan troop levels came after recommendations from Afghan and coalition military commanders to ensure security is maintained after the US and NATO combat mission ended last December.

    On their trip to the United States, Ghani and Abdullah will also meet with other senior US officials including Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Secretary of State John Kerry.

    US President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with the two Afghan leaders at the White House on March 24.

    The Afghan visit comes nearly three months after the US-led NATO mission ended combat operations in Afghanistan after 14 years in the war-torn country.

    The US military maintains some 10,000 troops in Afghanistan dedicated to train Afghan security forces, as well as engaging in limited counterterrorism operations in a new mission called Resolute Support.

    US military presence in Afghanistan is expected to be cut to 5,500 troops by the middle of 2015 and be brought down to an embassy presence by the end of 2016.

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:25 pm

    Latin American Countries Want to Remove All US Military Bases

    Leaders from the United States, Canada and Latin America are gathering April 10-11 at the 7th Summit of the Americas to be held in Panama City, Panama, to talk about a variety of issues affecting the Western Hemisphere, including Cuba’s relationship with the United States as both countries thaw out of a decades-long diplomatic freeze.

    Another controversial subject some of the member countries want to take up is asking the US government to close all military bases in Latin America.

    "That is something that belongs in the Cold War,” said Colombian former president Ernesto Samper. "This is growing global economy and we have to leave aside all remnants of the past, especially unilateral politics. The bases are no longer relevant and should go."

    This isn’t the first time that Latin American leaders have asked the US government to close its military bases in the region, and like previous pronouncements on the subject, it is expected to go nowhere.

    The US has several bases scattered throughout Latin America, including in Cuba (Guantánamo Bay), Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Honduras.

    Samper and other Latin American leaders also criticized the US for its recent remarks on Venezuela, when the Obama administration declared Venezuela “a security threat.”

    "No country has the right to judge another and impose sanctions or punishments unilaterally and on their own," Samper said.

    Political observers call the upcoming gathering "historic" because of Cuba’s presence and what that may mean for talks between the United States and Cuba. This is the first time since 1962 that Cuba attends a Summit of the Americas. There is even speculation whether President Obama would shake hands with Cuban leader Raúl Castro (Fidel Castro is not expected to attend) as part of the US continuing efforts to normalize relations between the two countries after more than 50 years.

    Thirty-one leaders are expected to attend the summit, including the presidents of the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and Venezuela.

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    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:50 am

    Dragoon Ride: 2d Cav. Regt. returns home to Germany

    VILSECK, Germany -- More than 400 Soldiers assigned to U.S. Army Europe's 2d Cavalry Regiment completed a historic 1,100 mile road march across Eastern Europe April 1.

    The road march, dubbed Operation Dragoon Ride, began as Stryker Armored Vehicles driving from Estonia, Lithuania and Poland towards the unit's home base at Rose Barracks, here.

    All three convoys of vehicles converged in the Czech Republic and then, together, continued home.

    Altogether the convoy consisted of approximately 100 vehicles and included around 60 Stryker Armored Vehicles.

    In addition to the Soldiers of 2d Cav. Regt., Soldiers from 4th Infantry Division's Mission Command Element, from Fort Carson, Colorado, provided oversight and assistance throughout the operation.

    Helicopters from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Army logisticians from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, NATO jets and U.S. Air Force assets also assisted in the mission's success.

    Operation Dragoon Ride's vehicles began marching home on March 21, marking the effort to showcase NATO unity and solidarity the longest vehicular road march by U.S. forces in Eastern Europe since World War II.
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    Post  George1 on Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:42 pm

    US Navy Sends Aircraft Carrier 'Theodore Roosevelt' to Yemen

    The United States is sending an aircraft carrier and a guided missile destroyer to Yemen in response to instability in the war-torn country, the US Navy said on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The two warships will join seven US warships in the area and come as Iran said it had dispatched nine warships toward Yemen.

    The aircraft carrier USS “Theodore Roosevelt and [guided-missile cruiser USS] Normandy have joined other US forces conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb and the Southern Red Sea,” the US Navy said.

    “In recent days, the US Navy has increased its presence in this area as a result of the current instability in Yemen,” it added.

    US officials suspect the Iranian warships are carrying arms to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, which the United States and Saudi Arabia claim are backed by Iran. Tehran denies the charges.

    The UN Security Council passed a resolution on Tuesday imposing an arms embargo on the Houthis and on forces loyal to the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who are allied against the ousted Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

    Saudi Arabia’s navy has implemented a blockade of Yemen’s ports.

    The Houthis have taken over large swaths of Yemen since taking over the capital Sanaa in September 2014 and ousting Hadi in February 2015.

    Late in March 2015, Hadi asked the Arab League for military aid, prompting a Saudi Arabia-led coalition to begin bombing Houthi positions in Yemen. Several hundred civilians have been killed in the Saudi-led airstrikes.

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    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:00 am

    US Removing 24 Apaches from Europe

    WASHINGTON — The US Army plans to transfer 24 attack helicopters from Germany to Alaska over the next two years as part of a larger cost-saving aviation plan, according to a senior Army official, but the move could send mixed signals as Washington tries to reassure European allies amid Russian aggression.

    Maj. Gen. Gary Cheek, Army assistant deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and policy, told reporters on April 14 that 24 AH-64 Apache helicopters from Germany will join a company, or 12, unmanned Gray Eagles in Alaska by 2017.

    Only one combat aviation brigade (CAB) is permanently stationed in Europe, the 12th CAB, headquartered in Katterbach. An Army spokesman would not confirm it as the source of the Apaches — a sensitive issue as the Army has yet to formally announce two of the three combat aviation brigades it plans to render inactive.

    With budget-driven efforts to draw down its presence in Europe on the one hand and a need to deter Russian aggression on the other, the US is walking a fine line. Analysts said moving Apaches now would be out of balance.

    "At a time when the US is rightly pressing our European allies to do more, reducing real capability in Europe sends the wrong message — to our allies and to the Russians," said former US Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder, now president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. "This is a time when budget decisions need to be reviewed in terms of geopolitical reality — which now includes a growing Russian threat to security in Europe."

    Cheek spoke with reporters after a congressional hearing on Army modernization in which Army officials were questioned by Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, about the importance of the Arctic in light of increased Russian military activity in the region. Cheek told Sullivan the Apaches and Gray Eagles were going to Alaska.

    The Apaches are part of the Army's overarching aviation restructure, billed by the service as means to save $12 billion. The active component would divest itself of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior fleet and pull Apaches from the National Guard to fill the gap, providing UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in turn. The Army would also close three of its 13 combat aviation brigades, and has so far named only the 159th at Fort Campbell, Kentucky — which lost 2,400 soldiers in the inactivation.

    Cheek declined to say which unit would be next, but hinted at the fraught politics involved. "Whether it's the United States or overseas, there are a lot of people who don't want you to do that, and that's what we're dealing with," he said.

    The restructure has faced opposition from the Guard, and Congress has ordered the plans be studied. Congress placed a block on any Apache transfers in 2015, allowing as many as 48 to be moved next year. It also created a commission to evaluate the restructure and the overall balance between active, Guard, and reserve forces — reporting back by Feb. 1, 2016. The commissioners were named last month.

    The 24 Apaches planned for Alaska will come from "reset facilities," and go to Fort Wainwright, in Fairbanks, to convert the 6th Squadron, 17 Cavalry Regiment, into an armed reconnaissance squadron, said Matthew Bourke, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon. The 6-17 in 2014 was one of the first units to lose its Kiowas in the restructure.

    The 12 Gray Eagles would be stationed in Alaska, though the exact location is under negotiations with the Air Force. The Army is seeking to station them at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, though the Air Force also operates at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, where the Federal Aviation Administration has approved the use of unmanned aviation.

    Analyst Magnus Nordenman, deputy director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, called the the transfer of helicopters out of Europe "a surprising decision" in light of the security situation in Europe and Russia's aggressiveness. Though not a game changer, "it adds to the uncertainty in Europe around the US role in European security," he said.

    "US allies in Europe are closely watching every move the US makes in terms of forces going in and coming out of Europe, and Russia does as well," he said. "The move could feed an impression in Moscow that the US is not serious about deterrence in Europe after all, and the allies may also come to doubt US intentions."

    "In order to deter further aggression and to reassure US allies, it is important to have assets with real teeth on the ground in Europe. Apache helicopters certainly provide those kind of teeth," Nordenman said.

    The US' European Infrastructure Consolidation, announced this year, will return 15 sites to their host nations, and in the process save the government about $500 million each year. When the consolidation is over, US European Command will have 17 main operating bases in Europe.

    On the flip side, its European Reassurance Initiative is a funding package for stepped-up rotations and multilateral exercises, to enhance prepositioned stocks of equipment, and military aid to NATO and non-NATO allies. The Atlantic Resolve exercises this month featured a high-profile "Dragoon Ride," in which US soldiers and their Strykers undertook a two-week, 1,900-kilometer road march through Eastern Europe.

    The US Army has increased troop rotations in Europe and is forward stationing an armored brigade's worth of tanks and Bradleys, called an "activity set," for rotational troops to use. The equipment would be used for training purposes and is intended to improve US European Command's ability to respond to a crisis and surge combat power if needed.

    US Army Europe's commander, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, has said he is also exploring rotational aviation to help maintain the command's aviation capabilities and meet demands.

    In March, the 4-3 Assault Helicopter Battalion from Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, deployed to Europe with 25 helicopters and 450 people and became attached temporarily to the 12th CAB. The battalion, which operates UH-60M and HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, distributed troops and equipment throughout the Baltic and Balkan regions as part of the rotation.

    The 12th CAB's commander, Col. Vincent Torza, said at a conference in Washington in February that Army aviation is a critical component in a "strong Europe." With frequent rotations to Afghanistan, recent missions have taken elements of the CAB to Kuwait, Iraq and Sinai, as well as exercises in Poland and the Baltics.

    "This is my third tour over in Europe and I've never been busier, nor have our aviation assets been busier in Europe," Torza said, adding later: "For us, as the 12th CAB, being right now the current, only Army aviation in Europe, every rotation has an aviation task force from 12th CAB."
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    Post  George1 on Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:24 am

    NATO Expands in Horn of Africa Despite Torture Allegation

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    Post  George1 on Fri May 01, 2015 9:31 am

    S European Command to Counter Russia in High North - Breedlove

    US European Command (EUCOM) is working to counter Russian presence in the Arctic by unifying US command forces in the region, Supreme Allied Commander of EUCOM and NATO, General Philip Breedlove said on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Army is also considering reducing US forces in Alaska by removing two brigade combat teams. The move is a response to ongoing US military budget challenges.
    High-latitude Arctic expedition to Spitsbegen as part of Arctic-2015 project

    “I think [Russia is] making sure that they have the military infrastructure to be able to influence the High North,” Breedlove told the US Senate Armed Services Committee.

    Breedlove continued that EUCOM has developed “an initiative called the Russian Strategic Initiative, where all the COCOM (combatant command) who touch Russia have come together.”

    The European Command is at the head of the effort to “make sure we do not end up having these seams” between EUCOM, US Pacific Command, and US Northern Command.

    The three commands have overlapping responsibilities for the northern region next to Russian territory.

    Breedlove expressed his concern over Russia’s upgraded presence in the Arctic, and emphasized that he “would not recommend reducing [US] capabilities in the North.”

    The United States currently lacks transportation and other critical infrastructure, which limits its capabilities in the Arctic, according to statements from US military and diplomatic personnel.

    Russia’s 2014-2020 military doctrine calls for building Russian defense capabilities in the Arctic. Russia has moved ahead in fielding a new Arctic Command, four new Arctic brigades, developing 11 new airfields, and adding to its icebreaker fleet.

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    Post  George1 on Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:18 pm

    It’s Not Just Troops: US Plans to Open New Military Base in Iraq

    While insisting it does not represent a shift in his overall strategy, President Obama has ordered the deployment of 450 US troops back into Iraq to help counter the Islamic State terrorist group. Given that all those troops are going to need a place to stay, the US will also construct a new base in a country it’s supposed to be withdrawing from.

    Barack Obama ran both of his presidential campaigns on a promise to wind down America’s foreign wars. Even as the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group has taken advantage of the power vacuum left by the US invasion, gaining large swaths of Iraq and Syria, Obama has remained steadfast: No boots on the ground.

    "As your commander in chief, I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq," the president said last September.

    That pledge has come with a few caveats. For one, while the US has been adamantly against ground combat missions, it has targeted Islamic State militants with strategic airstrikes.

    Secondly, the Pentagon has retained a large troop presence in Iraq, though only for training and advising Iraqi forces. Currently, the United States has 3,000 military personnel spread across four separate training sites.

    As early as this summer, the White House could be sending an additional 450 troops into Iraq, seemingly reversing President Obama’s regional strategy. Cementing a prolonged US presence even further is the fact that those new troops will be stationed at a new training facility to be built in Anbar province.

    "These new advisers will work to build capacity of Iraqi forces, including local tribal fighters, to improve their ability to plan, lead and conduct operations against ISIL in the eastern Anbar under the command of the prime minister," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement on Wednesday.

    The new base will be constructed at the Iraqi military base, Taqaddum. US officials hope that the facility’s location in eastern Anbar will provide troops with a unique ability to reach out to Sunni tribes in the area, potentially recruiting them in the Shiite-majority Iraqi Army.

    "The Sunnis want to be part of the fight," a senior US official told the New York Times. "This will help empower them, creating more recruits and more units to fight ISIL."

    In addition to the training operation, the White House will also hasten the delivery of a new weapons stockpile to both the Iraqi Army and tribal fighters struggling against the Islamic State. Because the administration has resisted arming Sunni tribes in the past, it claims it is sticking to that policy by only shipping arms directly to the Iraqi Army, which will then, ideally, enlist Sunni fighters.

    In this way, the White House can deny it has directly armed tribal forces.

    Obama said that his decision follows a request from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during the G7 summit in Germany earlier this week. With US help, the Iraqi government hopes to assemble a force of 10,000 to retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants. From there, coalition forces would stand a better chance of retaking Mosul, the country’s second-largest city.

    "This decision does not represent a change in mission, but rather adds another location for DOD to conduct similar activities in more areas in Iraq," the Department of Defense said in a statement, stressing the Obama administration’s insistence that the US will not be drawn into another ground war.

    "This effort is in keeping with our overarching strategy to work with partners on the ground to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL."

    While the administration stresses that US troops will be far from the frontline, many US lawmakers have been pushing for the US to take a more active combat role. Arizona Senator John McCain has urged Obama to approve the use of spotters for calling in airstrikes, as well as helicopter gunships.

    During a visit to Israel on Tuesday, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted that the new US base signifies an expanded military footprint in the region. Time will tell how much more expansive that presence will become.

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  George1 on Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:15 pm

    US Deploys in Mediterranean as NATO Brings in 25,000 Troops

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  victor1985 on Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:41 pm

    I put here same question as in a other topic: someone said to me that russia actually is close to usa and all is a joke to foul naive people to produce weapons at a accelerated rithm. Is that true?
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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  Airbornewolf on Sat Jun 20, 2015 7:10 pm

    victor1985 wrote:I put here same question as in a other topic: someone said to me that russia actually is close to usa and all is a joke to foul naive people to produce weapons at a accelerated rithm. Is that true?

    the U.SA/NATO are not at all close with Russia. withholding my own judgement of your perception on geopolitical situations i try to explain as to why the situation as what it is. there is no point in being offensive of course and i guess there are never dumb questions, just dumb answers. so

    i try to summarise as to why Russia views encroachment of NATO towards its borders as an threat.

    it started where Gorbachev made agreements with NATO at the end of the cold war. and Gorbachev was given the promise NATO would never expand Eastward towards Russia. NATO did of course, damaging heavily the credibility of NATO's word.

    what followed where some nasty dirty CIA/NATO operations in eastern europe and the Balkans. under the guise of "humanitarian" intervention Serbia got ravaged by NATO airstrikes targeting non-millitary targets like bridges, hospitals, factorys and powerplants and other civilian infrastructure and critical buildings important to the continuation of an nation. NATO acted as an Judas, showing the world its "good face" while its alter-ego Mister Hyde ravaged Serbia the same time. being the same person doing it. even slamming one of their Tomahawks into the Chinese Consulate present there.

    NATO started out as an "defensive alliance". witch i believe it more or less was keeping the status Quo going during the cold war. but as soon the cold war ended NATO/U.S.A considered itself as the total victor when the USSR collapsed and began to view the world as its personal sandbox to shape as it saw fit.

    25 years ago, in since the 90's NATO has an legacy of endless war in theatre's around the globe. all under the pretext of "western value's" it destroyed hub's of political resistance that did not agreed to follow the U.S foreign policy. and note these country's coming under attack by NATO did not pose any threat to NATO country's. effectively re-branding NATO from and Defensive organisation to an Offensive organisation.

    this encroachment and meddling with Russian interests in country's around Russia continued towards this day. where Ukraine is now an open, sore wound in Russia/West Relations. do not forget Eastern Ukraine is primarily Russian speaking people with roots with Russia that are under attack by NATO supplied coup-government. and to make matters worse the Western Ukrainians are comprised primarily out of Nazi's.

    this is an dead-serious matter, there are no conspiracy's involved as how the geopolitical situation is presented. it really is an conflict between NATO's lust for full spectrum dominance over the world and country's like Russia and China saying "no".

    and in my opinion, NATO can not even compensate for what it already has done in the world. NATO should be dismembered and put to the grave. i quit because i no longer wanted to be part of this monstrosity that just is an tool for the U.S.A to destroy other countries.

    i have two friends that are flight attendants and i hear their stories about how things are in Iran, Russia and China. there is nothing wrong there, people just share different views and the culture is different. but since when should nations and people be identical?. i like different cultures and i feel all people have the right to their own culture and views. as long it that view does not involve bombing my home im all up for discussions. the world of today is already an multi-polar world, i do not want to be viewed as some European Colonist trying to enforce other countries to the Will of Brussels or Washington. i rather just take their views in consideration and build an stable world in witch all of us can agree to and live with. i really like what other cultures brought into my life. food, entertainment, different views on matters and my personal favorite different kinds of booze.

    its just some nations and organisations like to cling on to the geopolitical power they had the last 20 years and cant accept the change happening like NATO/U.S. its like an Dinosaur desperately fighting against the impending comet impact. regardless it accepts it or not the change will happen.

    so, no. its not an conspiracy to accelerate weapon development together. its really as bad as it sound i guess.
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    US launches biggest allied airborne drills since Cold War ended

    Post  nemrod on Thu Aug 20, 2015 1:08 pm

    PS: To admin, or moderators. In order to avoid redundant threads, if you could move this post into the appropriate area, if it exists, or create one, and gather all subjects about drills, into a same Topic named Drills, Manoeuvres, or Exercises, etc... Feel free to name it how you like. It could be useful.

    http://news.yahoo.com/us-launches-biggest-allied-airborne-drills-since-cold-182141641.html


    US launches biggest allied airborne drills since Cold War ended
    Brussels (AFP) - The United States said Tuesday it has launched the biggest allied airborne drills in Europe since the Cold War ended, as fighting involving pro-Russian separatists escalated in eastern Ukraine.

    Nearly 5,000 soldiers from 11 NATO allies are taking part in four weeks of "simultaneous multinational airborne operations" across Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania that began in Saturday, the US army said in a statement.

    "Swift Response 15 is the largest Allied airborne training event on the continent since the end of the Cold War," according to the statement from the US army in Grafenwohr in southern Germany.

    It is designed to help allied "high-readiness forces" act as one and "demonstrate the alliance's capacity to rapidly deploy and operate in support of maintaining a strong and secure Europe," it said.

    The statement made no reference to the crisis in Ukraine where government troops have been fighting pro-Russian separatists since April last year, which has claimed the lives of nearly 7,000 people.

    While the conflict eased after a truce in February, fighting has escalated in recent days.

    The fighting has stirred the highest tensions since the Cold War ended more than two decades ago as the West accuses Russia of not only arming the rebels but sending in troops to support them. Moscow denies the charges.

    NATO, a 28-country alliance led by the United States, last week defended the number of military exercises it has staged as a response to "growing Russian aggression" and refuted suggestions that they were helping make war in Europe more likely.

    The US army said the highlight of the drills will take place on 26 August when allied warplanes will drop more than 1,000 paratroopers and equipment the to Hohenfels training area in Germany.

    A similar drill will also take place the same day at the Novo Selo training area in Bulgaria, a former Soviet ally.

    Participating in the exercises until 13 September are more than 4,800 soldiers from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Britain and the United States.

    It said the exercise marks the first time the US 82nd Airborne Division has operated in Europe since supporting NATO operations in Kosovo in 1999.

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  George1 on Tue Aug 25, 2015 5:13 am

    US Ramps Up Military Presence in Latin America

    Peruvians marched in the capital city Lima to protest the planned arrival of more than 3,000 US military personnel and the continued US military intervention in the South American country, local media reported on Thursday.

    The march began from the Plaza San Martin in central Lima and moved to the US embassy.

    Demonstrators protested the government’s decision to allow the US to send 3,200 soldiers armed with weapons, ships, and planes to Peru, whose arrival is expected September 1, Prensa Latina news agency reported.

    Despite the parliament’s approval of the American military presence in the country, the protesters condemned it as an assault on Peruvian national sovereignty and security.

    Russia’s REGNUM news agency earlier quoted Gustavo Espinoza, the chief editor of Nuestra Bandera magazine and the head of the Center for Marxist Studies at the Jose Marti University in Lima, as saying that the US was “shifting the focus of its military operations from the Middle East to Latin America to defend the interests of big imperialist monopolies and oligarchic companies.”

    In an interview with La Radio del Sur, Espinoza warned that the US military presence in Peru could spread elsewhere in the region.

    The 3,200 military personnel will be in Peru only temporarily, while three more US military groups of at least seven contingents that have arrived in Peru this year will stay for 12 months.

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  JohninMK on Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:13 pm

    Isn't this the same USS Donald Cook that was reputedly 'disabled' by an overflying RuAF aircraft and the crew wanted out? If so, it can't have had a lasting effect so maybe in reality nothing actually happened. Its certainly a good way for the USN to gloss over the incident.

    The US guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook cast anchor in Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odessa on Tuesday, Ukrainian media reported. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer will take part in the Sea Breeze-2015 international naval drill now on in Ukraine’s Odessa and Nikolayev regions, Vesti.ua online paper wrote. The USS Donald Cook is armed with two Aegis ballistic missile defense system launchers with up to 56 nuclear-capable Tomahawk cruise missiles. It also carries a SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter and has a crew of 337.

    The Sea Breeze-2015 land, naval and air drills, to run until September 12, are also designed to improve interoperability between the Ukrainian Naval Forces and the Naval Forces of NATO member and partner countries. The exercises, held under NATO's Partnership for Peace program in Ukraine’s Odessa and Nikolayev regions, involve around 2,500 military personnel also from Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Britain, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and Moldavia, including about 1,000 troops from Ukraine.

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  max steel on Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:14 pm

    JohninMK wrote:Isn't this the same USS Donald Cook that was reputedly 'disabled' by an overflying RuAF aircraft and the crew wanted out? If so, it can't have had a lasting effect so maybe in reality nothing actually happened. Its certainly a good way for the USN to gloss over the incident.

    The US guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook cast anchor in Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odessa on Tuesday, Ukrainian media reported. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer will take part in the Sea Breeze-2015 international naval drill now on in Ukraine’s Odessa and Nikolayev regions, Vesti.ua online paper wrote. The USS Donald Cook is armed with two Aegis ballistic missile defense system launchers with up to 56 nuclear-capable Tomahawk cruise missiles. It also carries a SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter and has a crew of 337.

    The Sea Breeze-2015 land, naval and air drills, to run until September 12, are also designed to improve interoperability between the Ukrainian Naval Forces and the Naval Forces of NATO member and partner countries. The exercises, held under NATO's Partnership for Peace program in Ukraine’s Odessa and Nikolayev regions, involve around 2,500 military personnel also from Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Britain, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and Moldavia, including about 1,000 troops from Ukraine.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150901/1026435313/Ukraine-destroyer-arrival-drill.html#ixzz3kUoI6NOs


    Donald disabling was nothing but propaganda .

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