Posts tagged as US troops

Trump wants Germany, Japan and others to pay full cost plus a premium for US troops

By John Vandiver on Monday, March 11, 2019

President Donald Trump is pushing a plan that demands allies pick up the full cost of hosting US troops in their countries, plus a 50 percent premium for the privilege of American protection, according to a news report. Called “Cost Plus 50,” the plan would cost five or six times more for countries like Germany, Japan and South Korea, Bloomberg news reported Friday. Trump has been championing the idea for months,…

Washington & Baghdad Agree to Withdraw US Troops From Syria Via Iraq

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

US President Donald Trump announced his intention to pull out American forces from Syria in mid-December, explaining the move by citing the apparent defeat of the Daesh* terrorist group. However, no exact timeframe was set for the withdrawal. Baghdad and Washington have reached an agreement allowing US troops to be withdrawn from Syria via Iraqi territory, Chief of Staff and Adviser to the Iraqi prime minister Abdulkarim Hashim Mostafa told Sputnik on Tuesday. “They (the troops)…

Trump pulling all US troops from Syria

Thursday, December 20, 2018

President Donald Trump is pulling all 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria, officials announced Wednesday as the president suddenly declared victory over the Islamic State, contradicting his own experts’ assessments and sparking surprise and outrage from his party’s lawmakers who called his action rash and dangerous. The U.S. began airstrikes in Syria in 2014, and ground troops moved in the following year to battle the Islamic State, or ISIS, and…

US troops deployed at the border limited in what they can do

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The more than 5,200 active-duty troops being sent by President Donald Trump to the U.S.-Mexico border will be limited in what they can do under a federal law that restricts the military from engaging in law enforcement on American soil. That means the troops will not be allowed to detain immigrants, seize drugs from smugglers or have any direct involvement in stopping a migrant caravan that is still about 1,000…

Next rotation of U.S. forces arrives in Latvia for Operation Atlantic Resolve

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

In continuation of Operation Atlantic Resolve, U.S. troops and Black Hawk helicopters have arrived in Latvia to strengthen regional security and to demonstrate the U.S. presence in the region, the Latvian Defense Ministry said. Over 70 U.S. troops from the 3rd Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Aviation Regiment, and five UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters will be serving at the Lielvarde aviation base in central Latvia, replacing the soldiers of…

Almost every second German citizen wants US troops to leave

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The US has reportedly been mulling the possibility of withdrawing its forces from Germany due to the costs of keeping them in Europe. As the Trump administration reportedly considers the possible withdrawal of US troops from Germany, Germans have expressed their own views. Some 34,000 US soldiers are currently deployed at multiple bases across Germany, where NATO’s Headquarters Allied Air Command (HQ AIRCOM) is situated, which controls the recently intensified air policing operations. The…

US units in the Baltic states make money for Trump

By Kovas Azbis on Monday, May 21, 2018

Preparing for the upcoming NATO summit in July, Baltic States Foreign Affairs ministers met with US President’s National Security Advisor John R. Bolton in Washington . They asked US to expand international NATO battalions with air and naval forces and to send Patriot missile systems to ensure Baltic air space defense. A month ago Donald Trump held his first Baltic Summit. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and…

Trump orders Pentagon to consider reducing U.S. troops in South Korea

Friday, May 4, 2018

President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare options for reducing the number of U.S. troops in South Korea, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing several people briefed on the deliberations. Reduced U.S. troop levels are not intended to be a bargaining chip in Trump’s planned summit in late May or early June with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program, the Times…

S Korean President Dismisses US Troops Withdrawal After Peace Treaty With North

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in dismissed the possibility of withdrawal of US troops stationed in the country in case of signing a peace treaty with North Korea, which will formally end 1950-1953 Korean War, presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said. “US Forces Korea (USFK) is a matter of the South Korea-US alliance. It has nothing to do with signing a peace treaty,” the spokesman said as quoted by the Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday. According to the media…

US Marines in Europe are ready to fight with … locals

By Kovas Azbis on Thursday, April 26, 2018

According to the Military Times, on the 1st of April Romanian police had taken into custody seven US servicemen from US Naval Support Facility Deveselu after their violent street fight near a nightclub in the town of Craiova, where the group partied Saturday night. The US Marines consumed alcoholic drinks in the club and left without their bill paying. The club’s guards reportedly caught up with them and a brawl…