Posts tagged as troops

Some NATO Troops Begin Leaving Iraq

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The alliance, which has been training Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State, said that it would begin removing some troops after the United States killed the Iranian general Qassim Suleimani. NATO is removing some of the trainers who have been working with Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State, in the aftermath of the American killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani of Iran in Baghdad. The NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, announced on…

Trump visits US troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving

Friday, November 29, 2019

President Donald Trump made an unannounced visit to US troops in Afghanistan – his first time in the country – for the Thanksgiving holiday. During the brief appearance at Bagram Airfield, Mr Trump served turkey to soldiers, posed for photographs, and met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. In a speech to troops, Mr Trump said the US was in talks with the Taliban, which he said “wants to make a deal”.…

U.S. Secretary of Defense pressed South Korea to pay more for stationing U.S. troops

Friday, November 15, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pressed South Korea on Friday to pay more for the cost of stationing U.S. troops in the country and to maintain an intelligence-sharing pact with its other Asian ally Japan that Seoul is about to let lapse. Speaking after a high-level defence policy meeting with his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo, Esper also said the two countries have to be flexible in modifying their…

Over 400 Estonian troops practicing in Latvia

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Over 400 soldiers of the Scouts Battalion and Artillery Battalion of the 1st Infantry Brigade of the Estonian defense forces are taking part in an exercise being held on the Adazi training grounds in Latvia. The Steel Shield exercise started on the Adazi training grounds this week, during which over 400 soldiers of the Scouts Battalion and Artillery Battalion will practice operating as a joint unit and receive an assessment…

Lithuania’s chief of defence visits American troops in Pabradė

Friday, November 1, 2019

Lithuania’s Chief of Defence Valdemaras Rupšys visited American rotational force troops stationed in Pabradė, the Ministry of Defence reported on Thursday. Rupšys inspected the living conditions of the American troops, Host Nation Support provided by Lithuania, needs and combat readiness plans. “It’s another piece of evidence that the US remains our strong and reliable ally, unquestionably meeting its commitments to the whole region,” Rupšys was quoted in the ministry’s statement. The US unit deployed…

Belarus to send troops to Lithuanian border

Monday, October 28, 2019

Belarus will beef up its military presence on the border with Lithuania in response to US stationing 30 tanks as part of NATO Operation Atlantic Resolve aimed at deterring Russia. “Individual tactical actions will be taken […] by missile and artillery units, air force, motorised infantry, paratroopers,” Belarusian Defence Minister Andrei Ravkov told reporters on Monday, according to the Belarusian state-owned news agency, BelTA. American armour arrived in Lithuania on October 21…

After US Syria pullout, Lithuania may send more troops to Iraq instead

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Lithuania will not send troops to Syria if US troops stage a complete pullout, Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said on Thursday. “Until the situation [following Turkish incursion] has been stabilised, definitely not. Another thing is that the architecture of the US presence is unclear, and if there are no US troops, or if there is [only] a symbolic force, we would not see much added value either,” he told the Žinių Radijas…

Alexander Lukashenko to respond to US armour deployment in Lithuania

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has ordered to draw up plans in response to US troops deploying in Lithuania, the Belarusian state-owned news agency reported on Tuesday. “We don’t want that. It is up to Lithuania to decide whether it needs these additional tensions between our friendly nations,” said Secretary of Belarus’ Security Council Stanislav Zas. American armour arrived in Lithuania on Monday for a rotational deployment as part of US Army Europe…

Thousands of troops to take part in largest U.S.-led exercise in Europe since the Cold War

Monday, October 7, 2019

The U.S. Army will deploy a division headquarters, three tank brigades and thousands of other troops to Europe early next year to take part in what will be the largest American-led military exercise on the Continent in 25 years, U.S. European Command said Monday. Defender Europe-20, which will resemble the massive “Reforger” drills held during the Cold War era, will involve 37,000 troops, including about 20,000 American soldiers. Equipment will…

Rotational U.S. force of approximately 500 soldiers deploying to Lithuania

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Rotational U.S. force, a battalion-sized unit of over 500 U.S. Army soldiers, will deploy in Lithuania to ensure deterrence and train in exercises shortly in October. The unit is part of the U.S. Army Europe Operation Atlantic Resolve and will be deployed in Lithuania through spring next year. “We have sought for a larger long-term U.S. military involvement in Lithuania and the region consistently and patiently. Therefore the deployment of…