US tanks join Polish army parade as military ties deepen

American tanks and soldiers take part in a yearly military parade in Warsaw, a symbolic show of increased US military involvement in a region shaken by a more assertive Russia.

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the US Army commander in Europe, says the US participation in Poland’s armed forces national holiday Monday underlines the increased presence that the US plans in Poland and elsewhere in the region.

He says: “Poland got a look of what they are going to see a lot of in the future — a US army presence that is substantial and is going to be ongoing.”

The August 15 holiday marks Poland’s victory over Russian Bolsheviks in 1920 near Warsaw.

— AP

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