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Germany: U.S. Trains NATO Allies For War In The Caucasus

Germany: U.S. Trains NATO Allies For War In The Caucasus

November 2013 

In postwar environment, US and European troops work to prove relevance
By John Vandiver

HOHENFELS, Germany:The troops picked a good location to set up their mortars, down in a valley near the cover of a ridgeline.

But the shouts from the Slovenian mortar men, echoing off the hillside, threatened to give away their location.

...Such scenes are playing out daily at the rugged training grounds in Hohenfels, Germany, where the Joint Multinational Readiness Center is hosting one of its largest multinational training exercises in recent years. As the war in Afghanistan winds down, such training initiatives will play a key role in ensuring allies don’t lose hard-earned combat capabilities achieved during a decade of war, U.S. commanders say.

The two-week exercise, which brings together 1,200 U.S. and European troops, tests the ability of soldiers to work as a single multinational combat brigade.

Col. John Norris, the director of Combined Resolve and commander of the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, said the training grounds in Europe are key to ensuring that the U.S. and allies can fight alongside each other.

“Because of our location in Germany, that’s why we’re value added,” said Norris, who noted that many smaller European partners couldn’t afford costly trips to the Army’s U.S. training centers. “This kind of training is not happening anywhere else in the world.”

Armed Drones Becoming the Norm?

Armed Drones Becoming the Norm? At the Crossroads of Robotic Warfare

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Truthout 

Drones.(Photo: drsmith7383; Edited: JR / TO)We are at a critical crossroads in this new era of robotic warfare. In the global war on terror, remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones, make it possible to strike almost anywhere from the comfort of a base close to home. The use of drones has been escalating under the Obama Administration and now includes attacks in countries with which the United States is not officially at war. Drones are expected to be used widely in the United States beginning as early as 2015.

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War-mongering hawks in US have not learnt from history by MICHAEL MC DOWELL!

 War-mongering hawks in US have not learnt from history.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The suffering people in diverse and complex state of Syria need peace not drone strikes, explains Michael McDowell

CHELSEA MANNING REQUESTS PRESIDENTIAL PARDON

Bradley Manning's sentence day action in Galway.

21/08/2013 - 12:00
21/08/2013 - 14:00

Whistle-blower Bradley Manning's sentence to be read
today, Aug. 21.

Take to the streets in your community!

  • At Lynch's Castle, Shop Street, Galway:, join us with your placard- I AM BRADLEY MANNING! 12 noon- 2pm  vigil.
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