US Paratroopers Injured in Night Mission in Romania

© AP Photo / Csaba KrizsanParatroopers prepare for deployment onboard a US aircraft during the Swift Response 2017 international military exercise at Papa Airbase near Papa, 146 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Swift Response is part of the Saber Guardian 2017 (SG17) multinational military exercise held annually in the Black Sea Region as part of the U.S. European Command Joint Exercise Program. The lead organizations for Saber Guardian 2017 are U.S. Army Europe and the Bulgarian Armed Forces. SG17 is co-hosted by the Bulgarian, Hungarian and Romanian land force components and it takes place in numerous locations across Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania in the summer of 2017
Paratroopers prepare for deployment onboard a US aircraft during the Swift Response 2017 international military exercise at Papa Airbase near Papa, 146 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Swift Response is part of the Saber Guardian 2017 (SG17) multinational military exercise held annually in the Black Sea Region as part of the U.S. European Command Joint Exercise Program. The lead organizations for Saber Guardian 2017 are U.S. Army Europe and the Bulgarian Armed Forces. SG17 is co-hosted by the Bulgarian, Hungarian and Romanian land force components and it takes place in numerous locations across Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania in the summer of 2017 - Sputnik International
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A spokesperson for the US Atlantic Resolve NATO military presence in Romania announced that 12 US paratroopers were injured in a night mission over the weekend.

Negotiators of the North atlantic treaty country members talk together after finishing the draft of the treaty 18 march 1949 in Washington. The North Atlantic treaty was signed 04 April 1949 during an official ceremony in Washington creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). - Sputnik International
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According to the Romanian Agerpres news agency the incident happened early Saturday morning near the Campia Turzii air base in northwest Romania.

The US military spokesperson said that some 500 troops were involved in the jump, asserting that the night parachute exercise is "very rigorous," adding that it, "carries a certain level of risk," cited by Military.com.

No other details were provided regarding the actions that led to the incident, or the details of the accident itself.

A spokesperson with the Cluj Military Hospital claimed that 11 paratroopers were discharged on Sunday and that one remaining soldier had bruised his spine and would remain hospitalized for two additional days.

The US paratroopers were participating in the Saber Guardian 17 drills, a military exercise intended to strengthen cooperation between NATO members Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and the US.

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