The US will open a base in Albania for special operations forces, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama announced on Thursday.
The new facility will serve as a base for US Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR), which is based out of Stuttgart, Germany. SOCEUR will deploy forces to the new base in Albania on a rotational basis.
It’s not clear what role SOCEUR will play in the Balkans nation. In a press release, SOCEUR said the base will “provide increased interoperability with our Albanian allies, important access to transportation hubs in the Balkans and greater logistical flexibility.”
Maj. Gen. David Tabor, the head of SOCEUR, said Albania was chosen for the base because the location gives SOCEUR the “ability to rapidly move and train within the Balkans, in close coordination with other allied and partner forces.” In neighboring Kosovo, the US has about 600 troops that have been there since the 1999 NATO bombing campaign.
Albania officially joined NATO in 2009, and the military alliance frequently holds military exercises in the country. In May 2021, the US Army led exercises in Albania that US officials said were the largest concentration of military vehicles in the country since World War II.
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That should hasten peace.(TSHP)
I like your acronym TSHP. Works nicely.
The only one I can come up with is TSHF…
Just mocking the never ending military related acronyms.
Another one of the “nations” to join NATO and help the USA ensure peaceful relations with Russia can never happen. All good for the military spending of the USA to help destroy us all. Happy New Year.
Another example of how Biden says one thing to Russia (or China), then immediately does the exact opposite. And yet people cling to the belief that anything Biden says is significant, when in reality it’s of no more significance than the random blatherings of Trump.
As if 600 troops in Albania are of significance in any event. Therefore it is obvious that this was done just to irritate Russia more in advance of the upcoming talks, the same as the “color revolution” attempt in Kazakhstan.
I just got a visual on 600 troops in Kosovo and the only thought that went thru my head was: What do these guys do for fun? My next question is, how many military vehicles can the US/NATO fit into Albania?… – Peace Chic
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