Washington: The US will deploy some 3,500 extra troops to the Center East as early as this weekend following the demise of Iranian Main Common Qassem Soleimani in an assault ordered by President Donald Trump, it was reported.
The extra troops from the 82nd Airborne Division can be deployed to Iraq, Kuwait and different elements of the area, Xinhua information company quoted an NBC Information report as saying on Friday.
The troopers will be part of roughly 650 others already deployed to the area and stay for some 60 days, NBC Information mentioned within the report citing US officers as saying.
“As previously announced, the Immediate Response Force (IRF) brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division was alerted to prepare for deployment, and are now being deployed,” the Pentagon mentioned in a press release.
“The brigade will deploy to Kuwait as an appropriate and precautionary action in response to increased threat levels against US personnel and facilities, and will assist in reconstituting the reserve.”
The most recent transfer by the Pentagon got here simply hours after Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Quds Pressure, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis had been killed an airstrike close to the Baghdad Worldwide Airport.
Iran’s Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani have vowed to retaliate strongly in opposition to the US over the Main Common’s demise.
Friday’s assault got here after Iraqi protesters on Tuesday stormed the US embassy compound in Baghdad to protest the American air raids carried out on December 29 in opposition to 5 bases of Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria, claiming the lives of 25 individuals.