Thursday, November 3, 2016

US troops deployed to Poland to stand guard on Russia's borders



Nine hundred US troops are to be sent to eastern Europe next year as America's troubled relationship with Russia enters new, uncertain territory.

A US-led battle group of NATO allied soldiers will be sent to Poland as part of the multi-nation operation.  

British forces will lead one of the four battle groups in Estonia, Canada will spearhead the presence in Latvia and Germany will be present in Lithuania.

There will be 4,000 allied soldiers deployed to the region in total. 

The US battalion will include troops from the UK and Romania and deploy to Orzysz, north east Poland, in April. 

Soldiers from the 3rd Squadron of 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, whose troops fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan, will lead the effort.


The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team of 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Carson, Colorado, will also be deployed with their full set of equipment, a Department of Defense spokesman said. 



Secretary Ash Carter confirmed the US would also send tanks, explosive experts and engineers. 

'This was a decision made by the alliance leaders in Warsaw. The US will lead a battalion in Poland and deploy an entire, battle-ready battalion task force of approximately 900 soldiers from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment based in Germany. 

'We will send a headquarters elements, three Stryker Maneuvers with mobile gun systems, artillery battery as well as any tank, explosive ordinance disposal or engineer capabilities.  
  
They will start in western Poland and distribute units across seven NATO countries.  The brigade headquarters and 4 battalions will be based in Poland.

The 10th Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Drum, New York, will arrive in March to also support troops already deployed.

'This month alone, Russia has deployed nuclear-capable Iskander missiles to Kaliningrad and suspended a weapons-grade plutonium agreement with the United States.

'And Russia continues to destabilize eastern Ukraine with military and financial support for the separatists. 

'These moves do not lower tensions or restore predictability to our relations.
'We are concerned about Russia’s behaviour.' 

 'We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities', said the office of the director of national intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a joint statement.

Many have deduced Putin's support for Republican candidate Donald Trump from the breach, accusing him of meddling in the election to affect its outcome to his advantage. 



U.S. intelligence officials also warned that hackers with ties to Russia's intelligence services could try to undermine the credibility of the presidential election by posting documents online purporting to show evidence of voter fraud.


The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said however, that the U.S. election system is so large, diffuse and antiquated that hackers would not be able to change the outcome of the Nov. 8 election.

But hackers could post documents, some of which might be falsified, that are designed to create public perceptions of widespread voter fraud, the officials said.

They said that they did not have specific evidence of such a plan, but state and local election authorities had been warned to be vigilant for hacking attempts. 

Last week Putin sent an aircraft carrier on a bombing mission to Syria in a fleet that passed through the English Channel. In the past week, Britain has deployed RAF fighter jets to intercept Russian bombers nearing UK airspace twice in four days. 

On Tuesday, Russia unveiled chilling pictures of its largest ever nuclear missile - Satan 2 - which is capable of destroying an area the size of obliterating small European countries including the UK.



France, Denmark, Italy and other allies are expected to join the four battle groups led by the United States, Germany, Britain and Canada to go to Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, with forces ranging from armored infantry to drones

Reports in Russia suggest the Kremlin has already reinforced its Baltic Fleet in Kaliningrad with two small warships armed with long-range cruise missiles to counter what it sees as a worrying NATO build-up in the region.

Izvestia cited an unnamed military source as saying that the two ships, the Serpukhov and the Zeleny Dol, had already entered the Baltic Sea and would soon become part of a newly formed division.  

The battle groups will be backed by NATO's 40,000-strong rapid-reaction force, and if need be, further follow-on forces, for any potential conflict, which could move into Baltic states and Poland on rotation.

The strategy is part of an emerging new deterrent that could eventually be combined with missile defences, air patrols and defences against cyber attacks.

However, the alliance is still struggling for a similar strategy in the Black Sea region, which Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said is becoming a 'Russian lake' because of Moscow's military presence there.


Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey are expected to soon come forward with a plan to increase naval and air patrols in the area, as well as a multinational NATO brigade in Romania.  


Next year's deployments have taken on greater symbolism since Russia pulled out of several nuclear disarmament agreements in the past two months while moving nuclear-capable missiles into its Baltic exclave in Kaliningrad.

The so-called Iskander-M cruise missiles can hit targets across Poland and the Baltics, although NATO officials declined to say if Russia had moved nuclear warheads to Kaliningrad.

Tensions have been building since Crimea and the West's decision to impose retaliatory sanctions, but the breakdown of a US-Russia brokered ceasefire in Syria on October 3, followed by US accusations that Russia has used cyber attacks to disrupt the presidential election, have signalled a sharp worsening of East-West relations.



EU leaders met last week to consider fresh sanctions over Russian bombing of civilian areas in Aleppo and NATO's Stoltenberg said he fears the Russian warships heading to the Mediterranean could launch new attacks on the Syrian city.

A Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters spokesman said at the time: 'The three-stage four-day drill involves more than 40 million people, more than 200,000 specialists of rescue units based in regions, organizations and enterprises, as well as some 50,000 units of equipment.

'Management bodies and forces of the Emergency Ministry's territorial bodies have been put on simulated high alert.

'Representatives of federal executive authorities, heads of regions, local governments and organisations are taking part in the massive drill. 

'Emergency Ministry's forces and facilities are fully engaged, including rescue military divisions, rescue units, paramilitary mine rescue units and State Small Vessels Inspectorate, fire departments and aircraft.

'The topic of the drill is Organization of civil defense during large natural and man-caused disasters in the Russian Federation.'

Comment:

I can't help but be suspicious about this whole thing.  Another kind of "false flag" thing? Another excuse to frighten the American public into tolerating further erosion of our freedoms in the name of safety and national security?

I still say the real enemy is ZOG who is doing whatever it can to turn this country into a police state.  For those of you who read "1984", you may recall that it was established that the country of Oceania MUST be at war with one of the two other superstates at all times to help keep the government in power and keep the people afraid of outside threats.

Russia may have troop superiority to the United States, but we have the technical superiority.  Nuclear war is a no-win situation.  Personally, this entire situation does not worry me a bit - at least not about nuclear war.

Besides, everybody knows the world is going to end with a zombie apocalypse anyway. LOL

Dan 88!

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