This footage shows US Army paratroopers simulating a raid on a village with soldiers from North Macedonian and Lithuanian forces as part of a multinational military exercise.
The images were obtained by Newsflash from the US Army, along with a statement according to which the simulated military action took place as part of Exercise Saber Junction 22 in the municipality of Hohenfels, Germany.
Saber Junction 22 involves more than 4,400 participants from the US, Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Its purpose is to execute unified land operations in a joint, combined environment with participating allied and partner nations, according to a statement from the US Army.
The statement said: “The Army Mission – our purpose – remains constant: To deploy, fight and win our nation’s wars by providing ready, prompt & sustained land dominance by Army forces across the full spectrum of conflict as part of the joint force.”
The footage shows US soldiers emptying out their rifles while laying low on the muddy ground before entering the supposedly occupied village by “opposing” fighters to free it.
The Saber Junction exercise series is held annually as part of U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s exercise plans to assess the readiness of European-based units, like the 173rd Airborne Brigade “Sky Soldiers,” according to the US Army’s official website.
Participants engage in realistic scenarios together to carry out military training that would help build and strengthen relationships across nations to better mutual cooperation.
Southern European Task Force, Africa Director of Operations Col. Timothy Shaffer said: “It’s a great multinational exercise.”
“We’ve got a number of multinational Allies and partners that are here operationally inside the box working with the 173rd,” he added.