The United States is now sending an additional 3,000 North Carolina troops from Fort Bragg’s 83nd Airborne Division to the Middle East after yesterday’s killing of General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, officials told ABC’s WXII.
This news comes just 2 days after hundreds of troops were sent to Iraq in the midst of rising tensions.
Today’s decision to send thousands more troops is in anticipation of a possible retaliatory attack by Iran, or by one of its proxies or allies in the region.
After last night’s attack by the US, Iran vowed that “harsh retaliation is waiting” for the United States.
Washington is urging U.S. citizens to leave Iraq “immediately" as Iran vows “harsh retaliation” after a U.S. airstrike killed the country's top military commander in Baghdad. President Rouhani calls the killing a heinous crime. https://t.co/GvkfrwgBbJ
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