US special forces set up regional command in Albania

NEWS 09.03.2022 23:08
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The US Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) opened its forward-based headquarters in Albania on Wednesday, the Stars and Stripes portal reported.

It quoted SOCEUR commander Major General David Tabor as saying that the decision to set up the command is aimed at enhancing regional stability.

Tabor said said that a 12- to 15-member Task Force Balkans group will be based in the Albanian capital to coordinate joint and combined exchange training and civil military support element engagements. According to the general Albania’s central location in the Balkans was behind the decision to open the command there.

US Ambassador in Tirana Yuri Kim said that it will be the first-ever US permanent military presence in Albania.

Stars and Stripes quoted Albania’s Defense Minister Niko Peleshi as saying that the opening of the command “came at the proper moment, at the culmination of the insecurity due to the gloomy situation in the continent after Russian aggression”.