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Czech Crowds Welcome U.S. Military Convoy To Prague

Crowds of Czech citizens waved American flags to welcome a U.S. military convoy as it arrived on the outskirts of Prague on March 30. The 2nd Cavalry Regiment was en route to Germany from the Baltic countries, where the troops had conducted a six-month training mission with their NATO allies. The convoy covered more than 1,000 kilometers in recent days to show support to Eastern European allies worried by Russia’s actions in Ukraine. The convoy prompted a few small protests, mostly led by the Czech Communist Party, in contrast with much larger rallies held by supporters.

A woman waves a U.S. flag as she welcomes a soldier of the convoy known as the "Dragoon Ride."
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A woman waves a U.S. flag as she welcomes a soldier of the convoy known as the "Dragoon Ride."

Vehicles of the "Dragoon Ride" on their way to a Czech army barrack in Prague on March 30
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Vehicles of the "Dragoon Ride" on their way to a Czech army barrack in Prague on March 30

After finishing their training in the Baltics, the U.S. troops are returning to their home base in the German town of Vilseck.
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After finishing their training in the Baltics, the U.S. troops are returning to their home base in the German town of Vilseck.

Supporters wave NATO and U.S. flags.
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Supporters wave NATO and U.S. flags.

A supporter wears a World War II-style U.S. Army uniform.
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A supporter wears a World War II-style U.S. Army uniform.

A man offers the soldiers a can of beer.
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A man offers the soldiers a can of beer.

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The military convoy rides into Prague.
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The military convoy rides into Prague.

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