Commander of the US Marine Corps General Robert Neller testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 14, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Top US commander warns of war with Russia, Pacific countries

A top US commander has warned of an imminent war by pointing to a shift of focus on conflicts in the Middle East to Russia and the Pacific region.

General Robert Neller, the commander of the US Marine Corps stationed in Norway, announced the impending war on Thursday and called on his troops to be ready for redeployment as the US presence in the region would be expanded.

“I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,” Neller told the US forces during a visit to the Nordic country. “You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence.”

The top commander referred to Russia and the Pacific as the next major areas of conflict, predicting a “big-a** fight” in the future.

“I think probably the focus, the intended focus is not on the Middle East,” Neller said, when asked by a Marine about where the force saw itself fighting in the future. “The focus is more on the Pacific and Russia.”

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