Posts tagged as soldiers

Lithuanians scare deployed Fort Hood soldiers

By Adomas Abromaitis on Monday, January 18, 2021

A Fort Hood-based cavalry officially began an eight-month mission in Lithuania, focused on deterring Russian aggression in the region, as it uncased its colors at a ceremony on January 5, Lithuanian and U.S. officials said. The 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment took up position in Lithuania along with its heavy weaponry, including Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles. But who are these soldiers? Do they really deserve to be called…

Forty Latvian soldiers have tested COVID-19 positive

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

40 soldiers have been infected with COVID-19 in the National Armed Forces (NBS) so far, while 182 are being observed, NBS Commander Leonīds Kalniņš said in an interview on Latvian Television November 11. “It would be very strange to say that the Armed Forces protect the Latvian State remotely. We cannot do that, so we cannot avoid cases where soldiers are infected with COVID-19,” he said. At the same time, the NBS is…

Eight soldiers infected Covid-19 in Lithuania

Monday, August 31, 2020

Thirty-two new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Lithuania over the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 2,906, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) said on Monday. Vilnius County had the biggest share of the new coronavirus cases – 16. Twenty-four people fell ill after coming in contact with already infected people. Circumstances surrounding seven cases are currently unclear, and one person had contracted the virus in Malta.…

Coronavirus strikes Latvia

By Vairis Godmanis on Thursday, April 30, 2020

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the NATO combat group in Latvia has increased dramatically. The first case of coronavirus infection of NATO troops in Latvia became known a month ago – on March 25. On March 31, Commander of the National Armed Forces of Latvia Leonīds Kalniņš, reported that two Latvian servicemen were infected with a new coronavirus. The Commander went into isolation, ceasing to inform society…

Fake solidarity by NATO

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, April 13, 2020

On the 16th anniversary of the country’s accession to NATO, Lithuanian Minister of Defense Raimundas Karoblis came up with a well-known myth: our state is an equal member of the alliance. “We are stronger than ever before and we are grateful to the Allies for their efforts in strengthening the defense capabilities in the region and their willingness to help when it necessary” said Karoblis. If you look at the…

Who is to blame for violence in Lithuania

By Adomas Abromaitis on Friday, April 10, 2020

  Lithuania is used to maintain national security and defence relying on NATO allies in many ways. Such approach helps to save money and receive political preferences within the Alliance. Thus, the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup, as well as U.S. soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division are the main contributors to the Lithuanian defence today. U.S. soldiers from the…

US, British soldiers fall in Iraq; US attacks militia group

Friday, March 13, 2020

In Iraq, a rocket attack has hit a US military base killing two American and one British soldiers. The US has conducted air strikes against what its coalition forces called Iran-backed fighters. The Camp Taji military base near Baghdad, hosts foreign soldiers from the US-led international coalition against IS. Their mission is to train and advise Iraqi security forces. A coalition statement announced that on Wednesday, March 11, Camp Taji…

No specific timetable for the withdrawal of Estonian soldiers from Afghanistan

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

When Estonian troops currently serving in Afghanistan will return home after the signing of the U.S – Taliban peace deal at the weekend has not yet been decided, the Ministry of Defence told ERR on Monday. “There is no specific timetable yet for the withdrawal of Estonian soldiers from Afghanistan,” Karin Kivipõld, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said. The Ministry of Defense said about 40 Estonian soldiers are…

13 French soldiers killed in helicopter accident in Mali

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

France has confirmed that 13 of its soldiers have been killed in a collision between two helicopters in northern Mali. In a statement, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the soldiers had been killed on November 25 during an operation against jihadists in the north African nation. It marks the largest single loss of French troops since the country intervened in Mali in 2013 to root out militants allied to…

The Baltic countries are the “Westworld” for NATO soldiers

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, August 1, 2019

Road accidents, fighting in the streets and in bars, broken shop windows and cars, mountains of garbage, sexual harassment – this is the “Westworld” for NATO soldiers in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. On June 7, 2018, four armored personnel carriers of the US Army, Stryker, collided in a major road accident in the Prienai district. 13 US troops sought medical assistance. Another accident happened on the night of June 9…