The US military has selected about 2,000 troops to prepare for a potential deployment to Israel. reports The Wall Street Journal with reference to representatives of the American defense department.
According to the publication, military personnel are tasked with providing advisory and medical assistance – they are not intended to perform combat missions. Not a single infantryman received the order to be ready.
Currently, military personnel are deployed both in the Middle East and beyond, including in Europe. The WSJ clarifies that it is not yet clear under what circumstances and where the United States might send these troops, but the Pentagon’s decision indicates that it is preparing to support Israeli troops if Israel launches a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.
October 8 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reportedthat Washington is considering Israeli requests for additional military assistance. The White House later reported that the U.S. will send Additional assistance to Israel in connection with the attack by the Palestinian radical organization Hamas. On the same day, the Pentagon reported that the administration of US President Joe Biden accepted the decision to send a carrier group led by the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford to the Eastern Mediterranean.
October 9 Washington Post citing sources reportedthat Israel has asked the United States to replenish its stockpile of interceptor missiles for the Iron Dome missile defense systems.
On October 7, the Palestinian group Hamas attacked Israel, kidnapping hostages, including civilians. The Israeli army responded by launching an operation called “Iron Swords,” and the Israeli government announced that the country had entered a state of war.