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U.S. Embarks on Global Shuffle of Military Forces

The United States has begun a dramatic realignment of its military forces abroad, making key changes in the Middle East and Asia and preparing a restructuring in Europe to confront emerging 21st century threats. U.S. officials say the changes are intended to enable American forces to combat terrorism and rogue states armed with weapons of mass destruction. Some moves already have been made in Saudi Arabia and South Korea in the aftermath of the Iraq war, and a major reduction in U.S. forces in Germany is expected to follow. A central element of the restructuring is the creation of stripped-down bases in eastern Europe, Central Asia and elsewhere, and a de-emphasis on big permanent bases in nations such as Germany, defense analysts said. Full Story

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