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    Hundreds of US soldiers in Belgium as part of NATO mission

    A CH-47 Chinook, one of around 40 helicopters deployed to Belgium as part of the mission. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

    Around 200 U.S. army officials are currently stationed in a Belgian airbase southwest of Brussels, as part of a mission aiming to bolster NATO’s presence in Eastern Europe.

    Along with over a dozen helicopters, the military officials landed in Zeebrugge and are staying in the U.S. airbase of Chièvres, located between Mons and Ath.

    Their pitstop in Belgium is part of a mission with the U.S.-led western military alliance which seeks to dissuade Russia from attacking an allied country, according to the Belga news agency.

    The officers, belonging to an infantry of the Third Combat Aviation Brigade, had been stationed in Afghanistan for a nine-month mission, a military colonel told reporters.

    A total of 37 military helicopters were deployed into the Belgian airbase as well, including combat and medical transport choppers, part of a larger contingent of the ongoing Atlantic Resolve mission, which aims to underscore U.S. engagement with NATO and Europe.

    Depending on weather conditions, the troops are expected to fly them into Germany on Friday at the latest.

    Gabriela Galindo
    The Brussels Times