US to deploy 3,000 to 3,500 soldiers to the Middle East to strengthen the security of American positions in the region after the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The AFP reported on Friday, January 3, citing a senior source at the Pentagon.
According to the agency’s interlocutor, this is a rapid reaction force from the 82nd Airborne Division. According to the CNBC, the troops will be deployed in Iraq, Kuwait and other parts of the region.
Earlier, the U.S. Department of State called on American citizens to leave Iraq immediately “because of the tense situation in the region. The recommendation was published a few hours after the assassination in Baghdad of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)’s elite Special Forces unit.
The French authorities called on their citizens to be “cautious” in Middle Eastern countries and Iraq in particular.
Soleimani was killed in an air strike by the US Air Force. The operation was ordered by Donald Trump himself. Iranian authorities have promised to avenge the General’s murder.