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Swift Response 2021 was a US army-led multinational exercise held across Estonia, Bulgaria and Romania and involving more than 7,000 paratroopers from 10 Nato countries.
During the drill, members of the Italy-based 173rd airborne brigade simulated seizing and securing the decommissioned Cheshnegirovo airbase in southern Bulgaria by clearing bunkers and other structures, a US army statement said.
On 11 May, American soldiers entered and cleared a building next to the airfield that they thought was part of the training area but turned out to be occupied by Bulgarian civilians operating a private business, according to the statement.
“No weapons were fired at any time during the interaction,” the army statement said.
While the US troops are obviously at fault for not realising they had the wrong building, investigations need to be done to check if they were given incorrect info from the Italian led NATO drill that led to them sweeping the building.
originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: jjkenobi
Only thing more embarrassing than raiding a sunflower factory would be doing so and losing.
Thought the guard cat was going to offer some resistance but it seems discretion is the better part of valour and he ran away.