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    US, NATO Aggregate Forces for War Scenario in Latvia - US Marine Corps

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    The US Marine Corps and 12 NATO allies will be conducting military exercises in Latvia and other Baltic states in the coming weeks, US Marine Corps announced in a Wednesday press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US forces are aggregating forces in Germany "for war scenario in Latvia," according to the release.

    "Alongside 12 NATO allies, Marines demonstrate their collective capability to move troops and equipment wherever the next conflict occurs. They are validating their ability to rapidly deploy and work fluidly with their partners," the press release stated.

    The exercises, taking part under the broader annual Baltic-region Exercise Saber Strike 16, will include several live-fire ranges, with support of artillery, tanks and aircraft. Saber Strike 16 is scheduled to take place from May 27 through June 22 in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

    The Marine Corps exercise intersects the annual BALTOPS joint Naval drills taking place in Estonia, Finland, Germany, Poland, Sweden and throughout the Baltic Sea from June 3 through June 19.

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