USAREUR General: Terror threat in Europe highest in world

Commander of U.S. Forces in Europe, General Curtis Scaparrotti speaks during a news conference in Tallinn, Estonia, March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

 

(WASHINGTON, DC) The threat posed by violent extremism is higher in Europe than anywhere else in the world, apart from actual war zones and hotspots, US European Command head General Curtis Scaparrotti said, commenting on Wednesday’s terrorist attack in London.

“The number of threat streams that we have of this type within Europe – it’s probably higher in Europe than any other part of the globe, with the exception of the places we’re actually physically fighting [terrorists], like Syria […] Afghanistan and Iraq,” the senior US military leader in Europe, who is also NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Continue reading

Nato risks nuclear war with Russia ‘within a year’, senior general warns

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Nato risks a nuclear war with Russia within a year if it does not increase its defence capabilities in the Baltic states, one of the alliance’s most senior retired generals has said.

General Sir Richard Shirreff, who served as Nato’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander in Europe between 2011 and 2014, said that an attack on Estonia, Lithuania or Latvia – all Nato members – was a serious possibility and that the West should act now to avert “potential catastrophe”. Continue reading

Independence Supporters in South East Ukraine Follow Russian Orders – NATO

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States, the European Union and NATO have repeatedly accused Russia of being involved in the Ukrainian conflict, going as far as to claim that Russia has been sending troops and weapons to aid DPR and LPR in countering the attacks of Kiev forces that launched a special military operation in Ukraine’s southeast in April, 2014. Continue reading

NATO warns that Russia could exert control over entire Black Sea

Which is precisely one of the main reasons why Russia took Crimea from Ukraine, and quite possibly the rest of Ukraine soon. They are pushing an area access denial strategy in the region. This was mentioned in a previous post. Although they can apparently shut off U.S. Navy ships off like a TV, they still need the land grabs to project power. Meanwhile, Western powers merely sit back, warn and send the usual non-weapon supplies along with hollow promises of protection. Because of this, Russia smells blood and will likely continue.

 

NATO’s top military commander has warned that Russian militarisation of the annexed Crimea Peninsula could be used to exert control over the whole Black Sea.

NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, US General Philip Breedlove, has accused Russia of keeping forces in Ukraine to help separatists, and has expressed fears that Russia may be marshalling resources to push for more territory.

“The capabilities that are being installed in Crimea will bring an effect on almost the entire Black Sea,” General Breedlove said. Continue reading

Russian military flights sending message they are ‘great power’: NATO leader

RUSSIA’S recent military flights into European airspace are meant to demonstrate to the West that the country is a “great power,” NATO’s supreme allied commander said on Monday.

Although there has been an increase in Russian air activity over Europe during the past year, last week marked the first time Moscow had sent in larger formations of warplanes, General Philip Breedlove told reporters.

“My opinion is they’re messaging us. They’re messaging us that they are a great power,” Breedlove said.

Moscow wanted to show it can exert influence on the alliance’s calculations, he said.

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