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US sending extra combat unit to South Korea
The Boston Herald / The Associated ^ | January 7, 2014

Posted on 01/07/2014 6:09:20 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The U.S. is sending an additional Army combat force of 800 soldiers to South Korea with tanks and armored troop carriers.

A brief Pentagon announcement said the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment from the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, will deploy to two locations in South Korea on Feb. 1....

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: army; asia; chemwarfare; dmz; dprk; kimjongun; korea; military; nkorea; northkorea; southkorea; tensions; texas
Something's up.
1 posted on 01/07/2014 6:09:20 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The South can handle the North as long as the chikoms don’t get involved. I hope the issue is settled the next time and if the chikoms don’t help they should be flooded with refugees. It’s real the Souths’ problem and we should get out.


2 posted on 01/07/2014 6:13:30 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

The South can handle North Korea, they can’t handle China. We’re there to keep China out of it.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 6:16:39 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Probably related to the Dennis Rodman tour - the tanks are there to make sure he doesn’t come back across the border.


4 posted on 01/07/2014 6:20:42 PM PST by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What does this translate to in terms of formation for a cavalry division? A couple of troops(?) of tanks with mechanized infantry?

Help us out, TIA.

5 posted on 01/07/2014 6:22:01 PM PST by OKSooner ("Like, cosmic, man.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Japanese translation today (8 Jan.) of original Korean, from "Chosun Ilbo" Daily, explaining some of the reasons for this, as you said, something is "up" perhaps with the North along the border. Mods: This is open source material I might add, in view of FR's "loose lips" policy. Please note. Open Source (someone might want to use automated translation, don't have time for it just now):

[アンカー] 大韓民国国民の皆さん元気ですか?在韓米軍が化学大隊と武装偵察機に続き、最新の機械化部隊まで京畿道北部、休戦ライン近くに大挙配置しています。軍当局は、以前から予定されたと述べたが、北朝鮮の急変事態や挑発に備えているという分析が出てきています。アンソクホ記者です。 [レポート] 米軍M1A2戦車が粗い砂漠をよどみなく走ります。移動中に発射した砲弾は、目標に正確に命中します。イラク戦でも大活躍したM1A2戦車とM2A3装甲車などで武装した米軍の機械化大隊が京畿道北部地域に配置されます。兵力800人余りで構成され米機械化大隊は明日米本土を出発し、在韓米軍第2師団1旅団に配属されます。米軍の配置転換の一環続いて9ヶ月後には韓半島の外に移動するが、機器や設備などは残しておきます。国防総省は米機械化大隊の配置が事前に計画されたものであり、最近の張成沢処刑後北朝鮮の脅威の増加とは関係がないと線をグオトました。キム·ミンソク/国防部スポークスマン「多くの兵力が全世界を対象に訓練することができ、地域の安全保障も強化する二重の効果があります。「しかし、米軍が相次いで韓半島に電力を強化しながら、北朝鮮急変事態や挑発に備えているではないかという分析が出てきています。昨年、米軍は有事の際、北朝鮮の生物化学兵器を除去する化学大隊とOH-58D武装偵察ヘリ30台を再び朝鮮半島に投入しました。特に米国は、予算の自動削減、シクウェマスターに国防予算が大幅に縮小された状況で、このような動きは異例です。また、在韓米軍は、人事サポート中心だっ8軍司令部を戦闘司令部に拡大改編しながらソジャングプ作戦副司令官を追加で指名されて、このような分析に力を載せました。TV朝鮮アンソクホです

6 posted on 01/07/2014 6:26:18 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: TigerLikesRooster

P!


7 posted on 01/07/2014 6:27:27 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
according to Bing Translate it says (ymmv).. [Anchor] Korean people are doing? U.S. Army chemical battalion and armed reconnaissance aircraft followed, and place it in droves to Gyeonggi-do North of the cease-fire line near to the mechanized forces of the latest. Said military officials are scheduled ago the coming out has a sudden change in North Korea and provocative analysis. This is the アンソクホ reporter. Maritimes [report] us the M1A2 tanks harsh desert runs. Artillery shells fired during the move the goal to hit accurately. Mechanized battalions of U.S. troops armed with a big success in the Iraq war M1A2 tanks and M2A3 armored vehicles placed in Northern Gyeonggi-do area. U.S. mechanized battalion departed the U.S. mainland tomorrow and consists of some 800 troops, will be assigned to the U.S. Army 2nd Division 1 Brigade. Part of the relocation of the US military followed by 9 months later to move outside the Korean peninsula, but leave such equipment or facilities. And Defense Department U.S. mechanized battalion deployment was planned in advance, and Zhang Narusawa executions after a recent increase in the threat of North Korea and has nothing to グオト was. Kim Minnesota and Defense Department spokesman "has the effect of dual forces many to train for all over the world, to strengthen regional security. "But to come through in replete with North Korea's sudden and provocative US military flurry to enhance power on the Korean peninsula, while that analysis. Last year, U.S. forces in case of emergency, biological and chemical weapons in North Korea to remove chemical battalion and armed reconnaissance helicopter OH-58 d 30 once again introduced to the Korean peninsula. Especially United States the move like this is an unusual situation was much smaller defense budget, automatic reduction of the budget, シクウェ master. Also, U.S. Army's personnel support centre was 8 army renamed the combat command center while being nominated additional Deputy Operations Commander, ソジャングプ, I put power to such analysis. Is the TV Korean アンソクホ
8 posted on 01/07/2014 6:32:09 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: driftdiver

Since China has a better relationship with South Korea than with the North these days, this troop movement is probably just symbolism (though a few B-2’s doing low-level flyovers of Pyongyang might make the point better...)


9 posted on 01/07/2014 6:38:36 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Looks like Obama is going to trigger the trip wire and sacrifice 20K troops.


10 posted on 01/07/2014 6:41:34 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: samadams2000

20,800?


11 posted on 01/07/2014 6:42:59 PM PST by OKSooner ("Like, cosmic, man.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Before I ended up with my foot in my mouth, because I was almost certain I saw the article right here on FR, I double=checked:

“It is hoped that the relations of Russia and South Korea will reach a major breakthrough in 2014, South Korean Ambassador to Russia Wi Sung-lak said. “The new year will become a year of mutual visits so I expect a considerable growth in exchanges between our countries. We are certain that quantitative increase of exchange will lead to a major breakthrough in the bilateral relations,” Wi Sung-lak said.

A number of agreements have been reached during the recent visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to South Korea, in particular an agreement on visa-free travel between the two countries, which comes effect since January 1, 2014, has been signed, the ambassador said.

Visa-free travel “will become a key event in enhancing mutual ties” in the bilateral relations, Wi Sung-lak said.

“The coming year is the Year of the Horse. Horse is a symbol of dynamics. Let new major dynamic breakthroughs occur in the Korean-Russian relations in the Year of the Horse,” the ambassador said in Russian.

Voice of Russia, Interfax”

2ndDivisionVet, I wonder if your reaction is akin to mine...I’m thinking - let Putin and his boys take over at the 38th parallel if South Korea and Russia are such buddies.


12 posted on 01/07/2014 6:46:21 PM PST by Refugee From NYC
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There are needed to fight Dennis Rodman?


13 posted on 01/07/2014 6:47:17 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

South Korea has zero trust for China. They have shows on tv in south korea detailing how bad Chinese products are. They get hidden cameras into factories showing the chinese putting poison and garbage into food.

In one case the chinese factory was caught putting maggot infested spoiled meat sitting outside in the rubbish into cans.


14 posted on 01/07/2014 6:47:21 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just my Humble Opinion.

I think that China is soooo tired of NK, that they are willing to cut them off.

NK steals WHOLE TRAINS from China. The Chicoms LIKE South Korea. They do BUSINESS and business is GOOD and its profitable for China.

NK is a DRAIN on China.

I’m thinking that NK is going to get cut off soon.

BUT WHAT DO I NNOW? I only lived in Asia for 15 years.

LOL.

Betcha China cuts off NK and does an end around and starts (sorry, they already have started serious)biz with Soul.

Chicoms don’t LIKE Kim Jung Whatever.


15 posted on 01/07/2014 6:49:16 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: capydick
Probably related to the Dennis Rodman tour - the tanks are there to make sure he doesn’t come back across the border.

Now, that is freeping funny..................

16 posted on 01/07/2014 6:53:17 PM PST by varon (Para bellum)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A diversion by his greatness obozorama.


17 posted on 01/07/2014 6:58:20 PM PST by Fungi
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To: Refugee From NYC

Your great grandson will likely serve a tour there.


18 posted on 01/07/2014 6:58:24 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Something’s up.”

Agreed, but what? One battalion of armor isn’t going to make that much difference.....although I am glad to see it being to a type of environment where it can properly function and be used effectively if required.

However, I do not think Mr. Obama has the intestinal fortitude to go toe to toe with any country...but especially North Korea which is lead by a lunatic. He is totally unpredictable. So, I can only conclude that beefing up our forces there is a new form of détente.


19 posted on 01/07/2014 7:17:21 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: RitchieAprile

Looks like an Intel Summary.


20 posted on 01/07/2014 7:22:44 PM PST by occamrzr06 (Squirel, it's what's for dinner.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

“NK is a DRAIN on China.....I’m thinking that NK is going to get cut off soon.”

North Korea is a drain on China, and a boil on its butt. However, the Chinese would “lose face” if North Korea should fall.....so they WILL NOT allow it to happen. The only way North Korea will fall, and not upset China, is IF China is the one to actually invade and subdue North Korea. That “may” happen one day IF it becomes advantageous to China to do so.


21 posted on 01/07/2014 7:23:22 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: miele man

bump for later worry


22 posted on 01/07/2014 8:05:29 PM PST by miele man
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To: OKSooner

Xacly.


23 posted on 01/07/2014 9:09:42 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/01/07/2014010700860.html

USFK Beefs Up Combat Capability

The U.S. Forces Korea wants to add a mechanized infantry battalion equipped with tanks and armored infantry fighting vehicles to the 1st Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division this year.

Already last year, the U.S. redeployed a chemical battalion and an attack reconnaissance battalion to Korea.

A two-star deputy operations commander has joined the 8th U.S. Army headquarters, which had been mainly in charge of personnel services but was restructured as a combat command.

The measures aim at improving the USFK’s combat capabilities amid uncertainties over North Korea.

“The USFK will apparently add a battalion armed with state-of-the-art M1A2 tanks and M2A3 armored infantry fighting vehicles to the 1st Brigade of the 2nd U.S. Infantry Division this year,” a military source said Monday.

The 1st Brigade has been the main combat force here since the 2nd Brigade was relocated to Iraq in 2004.

In April last year, the USFK redeployed the 23rd Chemical Battalion here, which is tasked with removing biological and chemical weapons in a war, nine years after it was pulled out.

Last October, it also redeployed the attack reconnaissance battalion of the 6th Cavalry Regiment, which has about 30 OH-58D armed choppers. It had been withdrawn five years earlier.

The moves come despite drastic cuts to the U.S. defense budget.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 07, 2014 09:45 KST


24 posted on 01/08/2014 12:29:46 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

My theory is that Obama wants the troops out of the country so they are not here if needed for...things.


25 posted on 01/08/2014 12:40:47 AM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Thanks! Very helpful!!


26 posted on 01/08/2014 7:29:44 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: Sola Veritas

South Korea doesn’t need to take over North Korea. They just need to destroy their offensive military ability. Considering the shape of NK hardware, that wouldn’t take much.


27 posted on 01/08/2014 7:34:23 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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