Thousands of American troops, swarm the sea, air and land of the Philippines this April

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Different parts of the country are literally crawling with American troops. In connivance with the puppet AFP and the Marcos regime, they have turned the Philippines into a gigantic playground for the US war preparations against China.

In addition to the anti-submarine maneuvers in Palawan, Cope Thunder and the looming Balikatan 2024, the US has conducted various and simultaneous provocative maneuvers and war games in Philippine sea, air and land. In addition to its forces, the US also brought along other foreign troops (Australian, Korean, Japanese and even European forces) in these war games.

The AFP announced on April 9 the ongoing Marine Exercise 2024 or MAREX 2024, the supposed “first” US marine exercises in Central Mindanao. The war game started on April 8, at the same time as Cope Thunder, and will end on April 19 at Camp Iran Un in Brgy. Togaig, Barira and Brgy. Pura, Datu Blah Sinsuat, all in Maguindanao del Norte.

At the same time, the Salaknib Exercises were also commenced in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija with the participation of 4,000 soldiers from the 5th ID and 7th ID of the AFP and American troops from the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID. Cope Thunder, on the other hand, is being conducted at the Northern Luzon Intensive Military Training Area, Basa Air Base and Brigadier General Benito N Ebuen Air Base.

On April 9, the US Indo Pacific Command announced through its social media accounts that American forces conducted live-fire exercises in the Philippine Sea using the USS Ralph Johnson-DDG 114.

On the same day, the USS Theodore Roosevelt conducted routine flight operations, to flaunt to China the “readiness” of the US Pacific Fleet forces under the US 7th Fleet and its “support” in the Philippines.

Another live-fire exercise was conducted by USS HIGGINS (DDG 76) and USNS Charles Drew to “maintain” “peace and stability” a few days earlier.

Also on April 9, the Indo-Pacific Command shared that its naval forces carried out “flight operations” aboard the USS America (LHA 6), to exhibit the capabilities of US “assets” at sea.

All these activities were conducted within Philippine waters. These ships, dubbed “floating military bases,” carry at least 7,000 troops.

Inside the Philippines, the US conducted civil-military operations at Butas na Bato Elementary School in Dingalan, Aurora on April 6 and at Alannay Elementary School in Cagayan. These activities have long been a part of Balikatan, where American forces attempt to glamorize their image using children and residents.

There were also American troops at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City last April 1-5 for the “first-ever” “Information Warfighter Exercise” where the two countries “shared” tactical and sensitive security information.

The aforementioned war games are just some of the activities that the US has publicized.

AB: Thousands of American troops, swarm the sea, air and land of the Philippines this April