United States Stands Ready to Deploy 2,000 US Troops to Eastern Mediterranean Amid Israel-Hamas War
By Space Coast Daily // October 16, 2023
2,000 U.S. troops notified to prepare to be ready within 24 hours if needed
ABOVE VIDEO: US troops get a ‘be ready to deploy’ order to Israel
(FOX NEWS) – U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin put a significant number of U.S. troops on stand-by to “be ready to deploy,” over the weekend, though officials say the U.S. role would not be for combat.
A U.S. official confirmed with Fox News that Austin issued orders to troops that they should be ready to be deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean within 24-hours of receiving an order.
Specifically, top officials say troops would be sent to advise and provide medical support to Israeli forces.
The order is less of a deterrence posture like what has been seen with the mobilization of the USS Ford and USS Eisenhower strike groups in the Mediterranean, but instead appears to be a more direct support role for defense of Israel, if needed.
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