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US conducts drills in Syria due to threats of Russia

According to the source, the exercises began after a warning from Russia that it plans to enter the zone in southern Syria
19:43, 8 September 2018

Syrian Observatory

In Syria on Friday, September 7, the US military conducted exercises in response to the military threats of the Russian Federation. This is reported by CNN with reference to the US official.

More than 100 American soldiers took part in the drills.

According to the official, the exercises began after a warning from Russia that it plans to enter the zone in southern Syria, where the US military is stationed. The exercises were aimed at ensuring that the divisions of the Russian Federation and the ruling regime in the region see activity and understand the possibilities of the United States.

"Our forces have demonstrated the ability to act quickly, attack targets using integrated fire and ground forces," the spokesman for the Central Command said.

We recall, on September 5 as a result of airstrike in Russia on Syria, 13 civilians were killed.

Earlier we reported that USA intended to increase its military contingent in Germany by 1500 people. The U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell claimed this, as DW reports. 

According to him, such a decision was adopted for the purpose of strengthening NATO and European security. The Ambassador noted that the additional troops will start arriving this year, and the process will last till 2020.

Federal Minister of Defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the decision of Washington, which according to her is the evidence of the viability of the transatlantic relationship and the contribution to maintaining overall security. 

It is noted that as of now, 33 thousand American soldiers are in Germany. Expected that the additional force will be placed in American garrisons in the federal states of Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate. 

Earlier, Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary-General of NATO called Germany's government to significantly increase the defense spending. 

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