24 Sep '17, 9pm

Poland, NATO troops hold drills amid security concerns

Poland, NATO troops hold drills amid security concerns

WARSAW, Poland — Thousands of Polish and other NATO troops have launched major defensive exercises in Poland’s north amid security concerns raised by war games recently held by neighboring Russia and Belarus. The Dragon-17 exercise involves some 17,000 land, air force and navy troops and some 3,500 units of equipment and runs through Sept. 29. For the first time the biannual drill is being joined by Poland’s new Territorial Defense Forces, which train civilian volunteers to support regular troops. Cybersecurity is also being tested. On Thursday, Deputy Defense Minister Michal Dworczyk is expected to visit the exercise, which is Poland’s biggest this year. He has said the drills test defensive operation between Polish troops and those deployed in Poland by NATO and by the U.S. in response to the region’s concerns over Russia’s military activity. The scenario for the exercis...

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