US military to send tanks to Europe for drills

Washington - US Army troops equipped with tanks will head to Eastern Europe soon to reassure Nato allies anxious over Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon officials said on Thursday.

About 600 troops from the 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division are due to deploy in October to Poland and the Baltic states for training exercises with alliance members, replacing paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, said spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Vanessa Hillman.

"It's a three month rotation," Hillman said. The drills are "focused on small unit and leader training".

Unlike the outgoing unit, the troops from the "Iron Horse brigade", based in Fort Hood, Texas, will deploy with M-1 Abrams tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, she said.

US commanders have organised an array of exercises and training efforts on Nato's eastern border to reassure allies dismayed over Russia's support of separatists in Ukraine. Washington also has sent F-16 fighter jets to Poland and joined air policing missions over the Baltic states.

Kiev and Western countries on Thursday accused Russia of directly entering the fighting in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow had sent combat units into the former Soviet state.

As the UN Security Council prepared to hold an emergency meeting on the crisis, Nato said at least 1 000 Russian troops were on the ground backing pro-Moscow separatists who are fighting Kiev government forces.

Nato leaders have said the alliance must reevaluate its strategy and its troop deployments in light of the conflict in Ukraine.

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Janet Desiree 2014/08/28 10:56:47 PM
That's a smart move. Whoever thought of that idea is a genius. What are those tanks gonna do to Poland and the Baltic countries? Show them that the US really is there to protect them? The US is spent fighting a bunch of ragtag Taliban for ten years, and by the way they haven't eliminated the Taliban. But the US thinks it can equate Russia to the Taliban? NATO tried with all their might in Afghanistan and they are soon back to their countries with their tails between their legs.
Jacques Art Nel 2014/08/28 11:32:23 PM
And russia has zuma. Tanks will just b stolen
DraconiaShadow 2014/08/28 11:42:13 PM
But russian armor is best . have they not learnt ;p (smiley face indicstes post should not be taken srsly)
DraconiaShadow 2014/08/28 11:42:13 PM
But russian armor is best . have they not learnt ;p (smiley face indicstes post should not be taken srsly)
Mambo Jambo 2014/08/29 12:50:46 AM
Not bold enough to face off russia in front lines instead they opt for exercises? In poland?Bunch of cowards!.
Ryan Kalil 2014/08/29 05:37:07 AM
Without USA the world would be a worse off place. FACT!!!
Sipho Simon Mogale 2014/08/29 05:48:48 AM
bring it on usa russia is alone
Neliswa Mlondolozi 2014/08/29 05:55:56 AM
If I was to advice USA, I will tell them the need to regroup and breath. So many things are happening around them right now. You are going after a wrong country. Get the heard that's not the heard unless if you are sleeping with the heard.
Deon Pretorius 2014/08/29 08:04:45 AM
The world needs to regain a balance. After the Cold War the West were allowed to shape the world the way they wanted. This is not working out so good. They have allowed there greed to run free. They are raping the world and the future generation are the ones who are going to have to pay. We are funding their wars indirectly. It is time we stopped doing that.
truthbetold221 2014/08/29 08:32:18 AM
Only fools wish to see the day USA and Russia declare war on each other.