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DENVER - Colorado will not be involved in the upcoming Jade Helm 15 military exercise planned in six other states.
Mark Lastoria, Director of Public Affairs, US Army Special Operations Command, told 7NEWS Tuesday that the military unit that was going to participate is no longer available, therefore no troops will be operating in Colorado.
The six-state training exercise will be conducted between July 15 to September 15.
U.S. Army Special Operations Command announced earlier that it will train with other U.S Armed Forces. The announcement set off a firestorm of conspiracy theories and accusations that it is a "false flag" training exercise for an operation to declare martial law in the U.S. in 2016.
Special Operation Command said it "periodically conducts training exercises such as [Jade Helm] to practice core special warfare tasks, which help protect the nation against foreign enemies. It is imperative that Special Operations Soldiers receive the best training, equipment and resources possible.
"While multi-state training exercises such as these are not unique to the military, the size and scope of Jade Helm sets this one apart. To stay ahead of the environmental challenges faced overseas, Jade Helm will take place across [six]states. However, Army Special Operations Forces (ARSOF) will only train in [four] states: Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah."
On a purported Jade Helm 15 map circulated on the Internet, Texas and Utah are listed as "hostile," along with a small section of Southern California, along the border with Mexico. Colorado is one of three states shown in blue, listed as "permissive." The Army said the exercises would take place between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Sites know for conspiracy theories are quickly jumping on the "false flag" narrative, claiming Jade Helm has a more sinister motive. As one conspiracy blogger opined, "As this false flag rumor begins to spread, the masses of sheep in this country will come to support any action designed to thwart such an action by the Russians. Another revealing aspect of JH 15 is that the operations are to take place at night. When did the Nazi roundups of the Jews take place? The extractions took place at night."
The Army said the diverse terrain in the selected states replicates areas Special Operations soldiers regularly find themselves operating in overseas.
The training exercise will be conducted on private and public land with the permission of the private landowners, and from state and local authorities, according to military officials.
State and local officials are being informed of the scope of Jade Helm and will continue to be updated as the exercise progresses, according to Special Operation Command.
While the exercises are going on, the public won't notice a change from their day-to-day activities, since much of the joint exercise will be conducted in remote areas of the states. The public may also notice an increase in vehicle and military air traffic, a release from Special Operations Command stated.
Note: This story was updated on April 7, 2015 after Special Operations Command notified 7NEWS that Colorado will no longer be involved in the Jade Helm 15 exercise.