The 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team – put on alert Friday – will be deploying to Kuwait, two U.S. defense officials tell Fox News.
A battalion of some 750 paratroopers deployed this week from the 82nd Airborne, but now, in the wake of the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, the rest of the brigade, more than 3,000, is joining them.
The Pentagon confirmed Thursday evening that Trump had ordered the attack that killed Soleimani and other military officials at Baghdad International Airport. Iran’s top “shadow commander” was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more, according to the State Department.
Following Soleimani’s death, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed that “harsh retaliation is waiting for the criminals whose filthy hands spilled his blood.” The U.S. State Department issued a security alert Friday morning urging all U.S. citizens to “depart Iraq immediately” due to heightened tensions in the region.
An alert brigade of roughly 4,000 paratroopers, known as the DRB – the Division Ready Brigade – had 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.
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