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On the NATO front line, the Russian threat attracts new allied forces

MIHAIL KOGĂLNICEANU, Romania—Until recently, the military base near the Black Sea was little more than a stopover. It is now on the front line of NATO’s defense against Russia.

US troops have for years used the aging complex’s airstrip as a staging point to supply operations in Afghanistan, but in recent weeks US and allied militaries have deployed more than 1,800 personnel, hundreds of vehicles and other military equipment in the windswept fields.


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