US military to move its European headquarters from Germany to Belgium

US military to move its European headquarters from Germany to Belgium

The United States military said on Wednesday it would move its headquarters out of Stuttgart, Germany to Belgium. The announcement comes after US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that the country will withdraw nearly 12,000 troops out of Germany on orders from President Donald Trump.

Some 6,400 active US troops in Germany will be sent home while nearly 5,600 others will be moved to other NATO countries, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said at a news conference on Wednesday.

“While the decision was accelerated by Trump’s previous calls to withdraw troops, which began in June, the moves also promote larger strategic goals to deter Russia, reassure European allies and shift forces further east into the Black Sea and Baltic regions,” Esper said.

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