US Army Might Deploy Tanks to Bulgaria

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Bulgaria: US Army Might Deploy Tanks to Bulgaria US M1 Abrams battle tanks during a joint training of Polish and US army subdivisions on the military training area in Drawsko Pomorskie, northern Poland, 13 November 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The US Army is planning to station about 150 tanks and armored vehicles to NATO countries, including Bulgaria, next year, a US general has said.

“I’m going to look at options that would include distributing this equipment in smaller sets, company-size or battalion-size, perhaps in the Baltics, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, places like that,” Ben Hodges, who heads NATO's Allied Land Command, was quoted by the Enquirer as saying.

Troops might also be deployed for several months to carry out joint drills in these countries.

In a phone interview Hodges explained nearly 50 armored vehicles were already in place and another 100 M1 Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles would be "pre-positioned" in Germany and possibly elsewhere.

He added the equipment sent to Eastern Europe would "stay behind" after the joint exercises.

The move is part of the so-called "Operation Atlantic Resolve", a US gesture of support for allies in Eastern Europe in the light of what the alliance has described as possible aggression from Russia.

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US Soldier - 30 Nov 2014 // 08:56:08

No unrest where I am. I slept wonderfully last night. Enjoyed Thanksgiving with my family. Likely will do some Christmas shopping at resonqble prices today. Can't wait to drive my tank in Bulgaria. Understand there are already STOP signs there. When will the transition from kilometers to miles be complete there?

Jerry - 29 Nov 2014 // 14:15:51

Bulgaria knows where their bread is buttered.

Yane - 28 Nov 2014 // 22:26:30

Shut up, this is still our country and it should NEVER have occupational forces, you call it "murder" so I could go into your house and you not make me leave you mean like that??

sa-sha - 28 Nov 2014 // 12:51:43

"Russian trolls", "As for[Romania] cut the cheap and unjustified arrogance"? You are genius, Romanian123, You
see the non-existing. A bit hurt? It looks that You really reply on the name and behalf of the bowel ;-) Well, topic is tanks for Bg, so, let me be short: You missed my remark that Russia's GDP per capita may fall drastically. And my "arguments" aren't "valid/invalid";-), they are merely the offer to wait for the IMF' report. Unlike Your, sorry, crass "current GDP", the IMF' report submit more or less adequate picture.
And also: I've been to Romania, I know Russian provincial towns and let me refrain from the comparison, it may hurt You. I merely wish Romania happiness and prosperity. Best. DIXI.

Fester - 27 Nov 2014 // 16:48:47

I've been to Russia a few times and concur with Romanian. In central Moscow everything looks good and so does the suburb where American and European expats live called Rosinka. The rest of the city is a communist nightmare, dilapidated communist blocks falling apart, dirty rabid dogs barking, potholes and mud everywhere.

In the provincial cities it's even worse, prostitutes on every street corner (also on their 'highways'), drunks on every city bench, misery everywhere. You talk to them and they all want to emigrate.

Those fools really are megalomaniac if they think they will catch up to the West anytime soon. They can't even compare to China, in China everything looks 1,000 times better.

Romanian123 - 27 Nov 2014 // 15:56:03

Still no valid arguments Sa-sha... If Russia's last year GDP in dollars was 24K and the rubble devalued with 30-35% your current GDP in dollars is less than 16K so close to Botswana, below Bg or Ro . And you don't want me to wait until data for 2014 comes in because it can only be worse (watch the news today with OPEC, read your own specialists forecasts, and the new EU sanctions)

As for my country cut the cheap and unjustified arrogance; with 2.5-3% economic growth this year and 2-3% inflation Romania is still gonna be on 65th place or higher. And never forget the GINI index honey, because while you Russian trolls always complain about the 1% rich in US and Europe with GINI 40+ you have American, Brazilian, Thai capitalism while our is 30 (not Sweden) but still a lot fairer distribution of wealth (oppose 2 billionaire oligarchs in Ro to 100 in Ru) and try to compare the provincial towns in the 2 countries and you will get depressed with the empire delusion

sa-sha - 27 Nov 2014 // 14:37:51

The sense of duty is above the sense of decency!
and he'll inform on both father and mother for a twopence...

Fester - 27 Nov 2014 // 13:02:52

Novinite, the user Yane said that American soldiers in Bulgaria should be shot. At a minimum don't you think he should be banned from this forum and his IP address sent to the authorities?

We can all disagree in this forum about Russians or Americans and their politics but calling for the murder of the other side is not only deplorable but is criminal behavior.

sa-sha - 27 Nov 2014 // 12:58:25

Oh yes, Romanian123, Russia's GDP per capita rank may fall till that of Romania (65 in 2013), Botswana (74) and
lower. Still there is one thing that confuses me in Your method of comparison of the States' current GDP: it is too similar to the functioning of the bowels: simple and natural. And the final result may appear to be the same ;-) What if to wait till the IMF "GDP by States, 2014" report?

Thunderstorm - 27 Nov 2014 // 00:33:47

Go and try to shoot at them, and there will be one cretin less on this forum.

Yane - 27 Nov 2014 // 00:01:10

Occupational forces should be shot on sight.

Optimistic - 26 Nov 2014 // 23:24:52

Fester you clearly know the rate for cock sucking in Moscow and your concern for the rouble is because you get paid roubles for the cock sucking services you provide.

Fester - 26 Nov 2014 // 22:17:47

The Rouble today fell again and now it's 47 to the dollar. When it falls below 50 the paid prostitute trolls on this forum will be out of a job and will have to go back to their usual gig of sucking cocks for 100 Roubles on the Moscow Ring Road. LOL.

Romanian123 - 26 Nov 2014 // 18:29:20

Yes Sa-sha, in 2013 Russia GDP/capita was 24K and Botswana's 15K. As of today with 0% growth in 2014 and 1$=48 Rubbles (unlike in 2013 when 1$=30 Rubles) Russia's GDP is therefore 30%less in dollar terms so less then 16K, thus pretty much as big as Botswana's

Optimistic - 26 Nov 2014 // 18:11:09

The sanctions are boosting Russias food industry.

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