According to a former US Naval official, Russia is actively preparing for war with the US in Alaska.
Moscow is preparing for an invasion of Alaska in case of beginning of war between the US and Russia, the Daily Star newspaper reported, citing an unnamed former high-ranking Naval official.
“We are the verge of being invaded from Alaska all the way down into Canada and eventually the Northwest,” the former official said.
According to the newspaper’s source, the invasion will be started with a submarine incursion near Wasilla city, located along the coast of the Knik Arm, approximately 43 miles northeast of Anchorage.
“Our feeling in the Navy was that Obama had turned Alaska into a defenseless area that will serve as a forward base of operations when World War III begins,” the official noted.
He also added that Russians are allegedly already in Alaska. They are disguised as ‘highway road crews’ and would ‘disrupt communications and seize vital bridges’ when the war begins. At the same time, another anonymous source of the newspaper pointed out that Russians, dressed in ‘civilian clothes’ have been spotted on their way to abandoned motels and military bases.
However, the Alaskan coast around Wasilla is not so ‘defenseless’. The Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson, site of Alaska Command, NORAD Alaska, the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division and the 11th Air Force, is located in Anchorage. The Eareckson Air Station, equipped with the Cobra-Dane radar system, and the Clear Air Force Station, capable to detect ICBMs and submarine-launched ballistic missiles, are also located in Alaska.
The US is concerned by the fact that a number of steps to build up the military capabilities in the sparsely populated Far East region of the Russian Federation have been started to be taken by Moscow in order to ‘counter American military forces in Alaska’. In addition, plans to position a new coastal defense military division along Russian eastern coast by 2018 were also recently announced by Moscow. It is expected that some Russian troops will be deployed some 50 miles from Alaska. The main reason of such actions of Russia are rising tensions between Moscow and Washington over competing interests in Syria, as well as threatening language of US military officials.