Posts tagged as U.S. troops

Lithuania to construct the biggest American training area in Europe

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Wednesday, January 13, 2021

On January 4 the Colors Uncasing Ceremony where 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, U.S. Army, officially began an eight-month mission in Lithuania took place, focused on deterring Russian aggression in the Baltic region. The U.S. troops deployed from their home base at Fort Hood, Texas, with their own weaponry and equipment: Abrams tanks, Bradley armoured vehicles, etc. They have already begun cooperation activities with soldiers of the Lithuanian Armed Forces…

U.S. troops in Latvia. What should the locals expect?

By Vairis Godmanis on Friday, July 31, 2020

The Minister of Defense of Latvia spoke about the difficult work to be done in order to deploy units of the American contingent in the country. The statement of the head of the Pentagon Mark Esper on the possible deployment of the American contingent in one of the Baltic countries was highly appreciated by the leadership of Latvia. On Thursday, July 30, Defense Minister Pabriks announced on the Latvian radio…

New DEFENDER Europe 20 exercise is a new wave of COVID-19

By Lukas Ramonas on Monday, June 8, 2020

On Thursday (5th of June), at the Drawsko Land Forces Training Center, the Polish-U.S. DEFENDER Europe 20 Plus exercise has started. Nearly 6,000 Polish and U.S. soldiers and around 2,000 pieces of equipment participate in this exercise: tanks, combat vehicles, artillery, missiles and aviation are being used. Exercise will last until June 18 this year. “Plus” is a modification of the initially planned exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 – the largest for…

DEFENDERS 2020 on the way to the Baltics

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Stryker of 2nd Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army caught fire on the road in Poland. In the military vehicle were two people who were not injured in a fire. This accident with the U.S. military in Poland is not the first. So, in March 2019, two people were hospitalized after a hard collision of three American cars. The incident occurred between the towns of Brzesko and Novy Sacz in…

Who really defends the Baltic States?

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, October 28, 2019

About 500 U.S. troops arrived in Lithuania in October. This news is widely discussed all over the Baltic States and Europe. The issue of permanent NATO presence in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia has been discussed for a decade. There is still no legal basis for this step, but NATO and Baltic authorities found the possibility to deploy troops on a long-term basis. The justification for such long deployment becomes participating…

Pompeo: Trump threat to Turkey shows US commitment to Kurds

Monday, January 14, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that President Donald Trump’s threat to devastate NATO ally Turkey’s economy if it attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria underscores America’s commitment to its partners. Pompeo said he had yet to speak with Turkish officials or Trump about the president’s tweeted threat and that he assumed Trump was referring to the imposition of sanctions should Turkey take military action against the Kurds…

Germany arrests 4 suspected ISIS members; 1 suspected in attacks on US troops

Thursday, June 7, 2018

German authorities have arrested four Iraqis suspected of membership in the Islamic State group, including one who is alleged to have carried out attacks that killed and wounded U.S. troops. Federal prosecutors say the men were arrested Wednesday in the towns of the western cities of Dortmund and Bottrop, and Amberg-Sulzbach county in Bavaria. In a statement Thursday, prosecutors said 27-year-old Mohammed Rafea Yaseen Y. is suspected of joining the…