For the first time in history, the U.S Air Force is planning to deploy B-1 Bombers to Norway. The increased presence in the region has been identified as a prospective flashpoint.
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U.S. European Command (EUCOM) has announced that an advance team was about to head to Ørland ahead of B-1Bs touching down. Around more than 200 personnel is to arrive in Norway as the U.S Military strengthens its focus on the Arctic Region.
Though not specifically said when the bombers (Bomber Task Force) from the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas would arrive but there are reports the aircraft could make their way across the Atlantic later this week. The first airmen have already arrived in the country.
There are efforts being made to expand operation locations in the region and work alongside NATO allies and other partners on Russia’s northwest borders for the U.S Bombers where formerly they exclusively operated out of RAF Fairford in England.
A new Arctic Strategy was announced last July by the Air Force to counter Russia. The increased presence in the region has been identified as a prospective flashpoint.
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“The Arctic is among the most strategically significant regions of the world today — the keystone from which the U.S. Air and Space Forces exercise vigilance,” said Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett. “This Arctic Strategy recognizes the immense geostrategic consequence of the region and its critical role for protecting the homeland and projecting global power.”
The news of the bombers’ arrival brought forth concern from several political parties.
“The Socialist Left is against stationing US bombers in Norway. More American military activity on Norwegian bases is not in Norway’s interest. This is especially true at a time when we are experiencing a negative spiral of ever-increasing tensions between the US and Russia”, Socialist Left leader Audun Lysbakken said.
The Reds went even further in their criticism.
“Now it’s time to call a spade a spade and a bomber a bomber. This is an escalation of American activity on Norwegian soil, and it is unacceptable to hide behind words such as joint training and exercise, which makes it sound less serious than it is”, Reds leader Bjørnar Moxnes said.
Tormod Heier, a professor at the Norwegian Defence College, earlier argued that Norway’s chances of becoming a battlefield between US and Russia will increase the more the Americans use Norwegian soil.
This is not the only military deployment being undertaken by the new US administration.
Earlier, the Joe Biden administration scrapped its predecessor’s Afghan peace deal to pull all NATO forces out of Afghanistan.
As reported by GreatGameIndia earlier, after the twin suicide bombing in Baghdad recently, the groundwork for Joe Biden to increase American military presence in Iraq is already underway.
The endless wars brought to a halt by the Donald Trump administration may just well be kickstarted by the new US administration.