WARSAW (Press TV) – Thousands of U.S. troops are massing in Poland as part of a planned NATO operation in what has been touted by Washington as "defense against Russian aggression," a provocative move that recalls the hay days of the Cold War era.
Around 4,500 U.S. troops began arriving in the southeastern city of Wroclaw, home to a key NATO and Polish air base, gearing up for upcoming drills in the military alliance’s member states near Russia.
The troops will be followed by more than 2,800 pieces of American military equipment, including tanks and armored vehicles, and they all will be in turn redeployed in five other locations in future.
The major deployment of the troops has been described as the largest movement of an armed U.S. military brigade to Europe since the conclusion of the Cold War.
On Friday, U.S. warships started unloading the military hardware, which includes 87 tanks and 144 Bradley fighting vehicles, in the northern German port of Bremerhaven, from where they would be transported by rail and road to Poland. The U.S. troops first arrived in the German city before starting to move to Wroclaw.