3,000 More U.S. Troops to be Deployed to Middle East Amid Increased Tensions After Killing of Qassem Soleimani

In the wake of increased tensions in the Middle East after President Donald Trump ordered the killing of top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the United States will send about 3,000 more soldiers to the Middle East to bolster existing forces.

The troops will be sent to Kuwait as an appropriate and precautionary measure in response to increased threat levels, a Pentagon spokesperson said.

The soldiers will come from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

According to the Associated Press, 14,000 U.S. troops have been deployed to the Middle East since May.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday morning on CNN that the airstrike on Soleimani’s convoy had come in response to an “imminent attack.”

“He was actively planning in the region,” he said.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Nicholas Wu and Tom Vanden Brook