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The U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division’s alert brigade has been issued orders to deploy rapidly to Kuwait amid the unrest in Baghdad, three U.S. defense officials told Fox News on Tuesday.
At least 500 paratroopers are already making their way to Kuwait, Fox News is told.
The article goes on to state the following:
The alert brigade of roughly 4,000 paratroopers, known as the DRB — the Deployment Ready Brigade — has been told to pack their bags for a possible deployment in the days ahead after hundreds of Iranian-backed militiamen tried to storm the U.S. embassy in Baghdad Tuesday.
The Pentagon is expected to issue a statement about the deployment.
JUST IN: The Pentagon expects to send 700 additional troops to the Middle East after protesters attempted to storm the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. https://t.co/753soconEm
— ABC News (@ABC) December 31, 2019
Video by the Post’s @Mustafa_salimb who is on the ground
— Liz Sly (@LizSly) December 31, 2019
The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was stormed by thousands of protesters enraged by U.S. air strikes on Iraq. Embassy guards fired tear gas and stun grenades on protesters who set fires and hurled stones. American troops and some staff were still inside https://t.co/LdCvszL0Jg pic.twitter.com/VfiU68RPWc
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 31, 2019
UPDATE: The U.S. will send more troops to protect the embassy compound penetrated by militias and their supporters in Baghdad on Tuesday and does not plan an evacuation, the Pentagon and State Department said. https://t.co/wekLt2BIDo
— WTVC NewsChannel 9 (@newschannelnine) January 1, 2020
— Jordan Sekulow (@JordanSekulow) December 31, 2019
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) December 31, 2019
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