Thousands More US Troops Deploying to Middle East in Response to Iranian Threats

Thousands more U.S. troops will deploy to the Mideast in response to Iranian threats to avenge the killing of Quds Force Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad’s International Airport on the order of President Donald Trump, the Pentagon said Friday.

The entire 1st Brigade Combat Team of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, which constitutes the Immediate Response Force at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, “was alerted to prepare for deployment and is now being deployed,” a Pentagon spokesperson said.

“The brigade will deploy to Kuwait as an appropriate and precautionary action in response to increased threat levels against U.S. personnel and facilities,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

Elements of the 1st Brigade could also be sent to bolster security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad following their arrival in Kuwait, according to sources.

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Author: Dian Welle