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WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- Jade Helm 15, the U.S. Army's controversial seven-state military exercise, kicked off Wednesday amid outcries from some suspicious that the event is a starting point for martial law that will spread through the United States.
The U.S. Army Special Operations Command began the first-of-its-kind military exercise on private land and military installations in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.
Military leaders said the eight-week exercise, the largest of its kind ever performed on domestic soil, focuses on "unconventional warfare," including developing new warfare tactics and procedures in areas with landscapes similar to the Middle East and Afghanistan. It will include the Army's Green Berets, Navy SEALs and other Special Operations troops.
Military leaders describe the operation as routine military training, albeit unusually large with about 1,200 troops. Conspiracy theorists see it as much more. Residents across the country have raised concerns, especially in Texas where the governor ordered the state guard to monitor the activities.
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/07/ ... &sn=tn_int