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US Prepares 2,000 Troops to Support Israel Following Hamas Attack

The US Department of Defense is preparing approximately 2,000 troops to support Israel’s defense against Hamas militants.

The step is a response to the “surprise attack” of air strikes, killings, and abductions conducted by the Palestinian group earlier this month.

Around 1,400 people have been killed and 3,400 wounded in Israel since the incident. Roughly 2,670 people have been killed and 9,600 wounded in Gaza.

No destination or specific deployments have yet been announced for US soldiers.

If a deployment takes place, US soldiers will assemble in a neighboring country to Israel.

Troops are currently in a 24-hour prepare-to-deploy status from their original 96-hour order.

The soldiers will include several units with varying expertise, such as explosives handling and medical support. Each will be assembled from in and out of the Middle East, while some will come from Europe.

For Hostage Recovery

Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh stated that troops will not be deployed for combat.

“I won’t get into the specifics of our intelligence sharing, but one of the things that I think we’ve said early on that you’re – that you probably know is part of what the intelligence that we are sharing is for hostage recovery,” Singh said.

“So whether that’s an incursion, if Israel were to launch a ground incursion in, and part of that would be, you know, of course, if they were be – engaging in hostage recovery, of course we’re going to be providing intelligence for them to do so and – and to help with that.”

“But again, our role is just advise and assist in this right now.”

CAMP STANLEY, Republic of Korea – Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division assault and exploit the underground facility at Camp Stanley during Warrior Strike IX on December 15, 2017. Warrior Strike IX is a regularly scheduled combined training exercise between the U.S. Army and the Republic of Korea Army. Warrior Strike IX is a 4-day training event taking place at multiple locations throughout South Korea. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Isaiah Scott)
Soldiers facilitate underground facility operation. Photo: Pfc. Isaiah Scott/US Army

She added that the US is working to address Israel’s requirements for munitions and medical supplies.

“They are there to help support and provide intelligence to the Israeli Defense Force, when it comes to hostage recovery,” she stated.

Two US Carrier Strike Groups

The announcement follows the deployment of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group to the eastern Mediterranean to “deter hostile actions” against Israel and related activity that may escalate tensions following the October 7 attack.

The USS Eisenhower and its fleet will combine forces with the USS Ford strike group sent to the region two days after the attack.

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