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US sending fresh troops to Europe

The deployment will maintain the American presence at around 100,000 on the continent

The US will send more than 10,000 new soldiers to Europe. They are expected to replace forces deployed to the region following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, many positioned along the “eastern flank” of the NATO military bloc.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed the deployment during a Friday press conference, noting that the “security environment has now changed” in the region due to the conflict in Ukraine.

“The deployments are one-for-one unit replacements, which will leave our overall force posture in the region – approximately 100,000 – unchanged,” Kirby told reporters. “The units being replaced will return to their home station following an appropriate turnover of responsibilities.”

Troop turnovers are expected to continue throughout the summer, the spokesman continued. However, he added that the military could soon “take a look at the permanent footprint in Europe and make an assessment” about whether it should remain at its current levels, although no decision has yet been made.

Before Moscow sent troops into Ukraine in late February, US forces in Europe numbered around 80,000, some stationed there permanently on bases, while others rotated on training deployments with NATO partners.

As some members of the bloc, such as Baltic state Lithuania, have pressed for a larger and more sustained American troop presence in recent months, US officials have proposed ways to meet those requests, including by constructing new bases.

“My advice would be to create permanent bases, but don’t permanently station [US troops],” General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers last month. He argued that would, in effect, mean long-term deployments, as “rotational forces” could cycle through “permanent bases.”

“And I believe that a lot of our European allies … they are very, very willing to establish permanent bases,” Milley added. “They’ll build them, they’ll pay for them.”


3 Responses to “US sending fresh troops to Europe”

  1. Gordon says:

    Well if this ain’t a fix then what is. And by the way the song is shite.

    Ukraine wins Eurovision Song Contest

    • Aldous says:

      G’day Gordon. I didn’t even know the shite competition(sic) was on until wifey told me last week and said Ukraine was bound to win.
      We haven’t watched what is now politicised garbage in decades. Most of the songs – if they can be described as songs – were absolute shite even then.
      Thanks for letting us know the certain rigged result and I think I’ll now listen to the Russian National Anthem as an antidote. I assume Russia wasn’t invited or far more likely, chose not to bother with such pointless nul point crap.

      Russia National Anthem – Russian & English Lyrics (3:51)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOAtz8xWM0w – includes over 29 million comments

  2. Aldous says:

    More goyim cannon-fodder lambs to the Edomite bankers’ slaughter.
    Ukraine is a totally lost cause for the decadent West of course but what the hell does that matter?
    Ukraine – when it inevitably ceases to exist – will always have the consolation first prize of the worst Song for Europe EVER to have won(sic) the ridiculous Eurovision Song Contest.

    Cannon fodder is an informal, derogatory term for combatants who are regarded or treated by government or military command as expendable in the face of enemy fire. The term is generally used in situations where combatants are forced to deliberately fight against hopeless odds (with the foreknowledge that they will suffer extremely high casualties) in an effort to achieve a strategic goal; an example is the trench warfare of World War I. The term may also be used (somewhat pejoratively) to differentiate infantry from other forces (such as artillery troops, air force or the navy), or to distinguish expendable low-grade or inexperienced combatants from more militarily valuable veterans.

    The term derives from fodder, as food for livestock. Soldiers are the metaphorical food for enemy cannon fire.