NATO to form rapid-response force amid tensions in Ukraine, Middle East

By Carol Morello, December 2, 2014

BRUSSELS — NATO officials said Tuesday that they will form an interim military force equipped to deploy quickly if the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East spill across borders.

The spearhead force, formally known as the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, will use 3,000 to 4,000 troops from Germany, Norway and the Netherlands. It is expected to be ready early next year and marks NATO’s biggest military expansion since the Cold War.

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