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US orders 8,500 troops on heightened alert amid Russia worry

U.S. Troops training in a Cold Weather Orientation Course, Alaska, Photo Date: 11/17/2021 U.S. Troops training in a Cold Weather Orientation Course, Alaska, Photo Date: 11/17/2021 |  Photo: Christopher B. Dennis/USARAK Public Affairs NCO

ROBERT BURNS and LORNE COOK
Created: January 24, 2022 05:44 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered about 8,500 U.S. troops on heightened alert, preparing for possible deployment to Europe, if needed, to reassure NATO allies in the face of Russian aggression on the border of Ukraine.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Monday no final decisions have been made on U.S. deployments, but the troops need to be ready.

Actual deployment could depend upon NATO deciding to activate its rapid-response force. In any event, the troops would not be sent to Ukraine itself, which is not a NATO member.

Kirby said: “What this is about is reassurance to our NATO allies.”

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