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ISIS, Russia Threat Leads NATO to Organize Largest Military Exercise in 13 Years


ISIS, Russia Threat Leads NATO to Organize Largest Military Exercise in 13 Years
More than 30 countries will participate in the largest military exercise held by The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) since 2002. More than 36,000 troops from the member countries would be deployed for the exercise on October 3 till November 6 in the Mediterranean Sea.
NATO said that this exercise is being organized to take on the potential threat that is being placed by ISIS in the South and Russia in the East.
“We cannot choose between the eastern threat and the southern threat, we have to train for both,” said General Hans-Lothar Domrose, commander of the NATO military command at Brunssum, Netherlands, while referring to the threat from Russia. The southern threat refers to the threat from the ISIS.
NATO countries like Sweden and Austria would participate in the exercise. The expansive exercise would be staged in Spain, Italy, Portugal and in the Mediterranean.
“We will be working in a huge training area," Domrose said. "We will focus on speed, on multiple threats, simultaneously," Domrose explained.
An artificial threat scenario would be created to train the troops. The threats would be simulated to mimic attacks launched by militants from land, sea and air, the organization said.

The rise of IS in Iraq and Syria and the recent threat from IS as predicted by the NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg who warned that the Arab Spring uprisings had led to a "brutal winter" of instability forms the basis for the extensive military exercise.
The last time NATO had conducted an exercise on such an expansive scale was undertaken in 2002 when 15 members of the organization and 12 partner nations, engaged in the exercise in Norway and Poland.
NATO sources confirmed that the exercise would be undertaken in some of the toughest terrains and wade through a very tough training regime, said Reuters.  
 “We will focus on speed, on multiple threats, simultaneously,” Domrose told Reuters.

The aim of the exercise by NATO is to get rapid reaction force war ready sp that they can be deployed in war hotspots in just two days. The potential war like scenarios that such forces would have to encounter at the hotspots would be mimicked in the raining to get them ready.

The exercise of the NATO forces comes at a crucial time when the U.S. has intensified and expanded the air raids over Afghanistan air space to pinpointed targeting of the ISIS militants. The ISIS has reportedly taken over the eastern region of the country after defeating the Taliban in that region

A successful drone strike by the U.S. in eastern Afghanistan earlier this month killed Shahidullah Shahid, Afghanistan’s top ISIS leader. A senior ISIS leader Tariq bin Tahar al-'Awni al-Harzi, in-charge of recruiting of foreign fighters to the ISIS and raising of funds and obtaining arms for the militant group, was killed in an drone air strike in Syria.
(Source: www.digitallook.com & www.ibtimes.com)