CNN: U.S. may deploy more than 2,000 Marines to Israel
The U.S. Armed Forces are preparing a Marine Rapid Reaction Unit for possible deployment to Israel. US troops may involve more than 2,000 soldiers in the operation.
The purpose of deployment concerns evacuation operations and humanitarian assistance. This was reported by CNN.
The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is preparing for a possible operation in Israel. The U.S. military may be ordered to move closer to Israel to strengthen the position of U.S. forces. The unit, which is currently on board the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan, consists of more than 2,000 marines.
In recent days, representatives of the US Department of Defense have repeatedly stated that the Pentagon will be able to quickly deploy additional forces and equipment to the region as needed. According to a senior U.S. Defense Department official, the U.S. Army remains capable and ready to deploy forces to Israel dynamically and quickly.
It is worth noting that the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the USS Bataan are currently part of the amphibious assault group that was deployed in July in response to the intensification of Iranian aggression in the Gulf of Oman and adjacent waters.
In recent days, the ship was near Kuwait as part of a planned exercise but left early as a result of the Hamas-Israel conflict.
As a reminder, after a week of deadly air strikes on the Gaza Strip, Israel promises that "this is only the beginning." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Hamas has just begun to pay the price for its atrocities and will be destroyed, no matter how long it takes.
On the morning of October 7, Hamas militants launched a large-scale attack on Israel: thousands of missiles flew into the country and groups of terrorists broke through the border, killing and kidnapping civilians.
As reported by OBOZ.UA:
On October 9, the Israeli Defense Forces regained control of the border areas that had been seized by Hamas militants since the beginning of the invasion on October 7 and moved to a new phase of the operation. 300,000 reservists were mobilized in the country to conduct it.
On October 10, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said that the IDF was launching a full-scale offensive against the Gaza Strip as sporadic clashes with Hamas terrorists in the south of the country continued for four days.
On October 13, the IDF launched an invasion of the Gaza Strip as part of "local raids". Infantry and tanks of the Israel Defense Forces are clearing the territory of terrorists.