Foreign Policy

Elite Paratroopers on Their Way to Baghdad

Hundreds of the elite paratroopers were deployed from Fort Bragg in North Carolina, to join forces already in place, protecting the US Embassy, amidst increased threats to the facility in Iraq.

This came after Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said about 750 soldiers were already deployed in the aftermath of the attack, which reportedly left areas of the compound burned and vandalized. Analysts say the militants have vowed further acts of revenge against the U.S. in retaliation for airstrikes that killed at least two dozen Iran-backed fighters in Iraq. More than 600 paratroopers could be seen leaving Ft. Bragg in response to those escalating threats.

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The troops are from the highly decorated “rapid response” unit, The U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. The alert brigade of roughly 4,000 paratroopers, known as the DRB — the Deployment Ready Brigade – had been told to pack their bags for a possible deployment in the days ahead after hundreds of Iranian-backed militiamen tried to storm the U.S. embassy in Baghdad Dec. 31.

According to Pentagon officials hundreds of the paratroopers already have left their base in Fort Bragg, N.C., to fly overseas in Air Force C-17 cargo planes. The Department of Defense has kept an alert brigade of roughly 4,000 paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne for crisis response like this, and say that the entire brigade could be deployed in as little as 96 hours.

There are roughly 5,000 U.S. troops currently deployed to Iraq now, among the roughly 60,000 U.S. troops currently deployed to the region. According to the Pentagon, 14,000 have been added since May as the threat from Iran increased.

Meanwhile, Iran has claimed it is not afraid to go to war with the U.S.

Iranian military leaders recently stated they are not leading the country to war with the U.S., however, they are not shying away from that possibility.

Officials also said they are “closely monitoring” Washington and advised the U.S. to “speak correctly with the Iranian nation.” This comes after President Trump threatened Iran Tuesday, and accused the country of coordinating the violent attacks at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

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13 Comments on this post.
  • Hazel Lemaire
    5 January 2020 at 4:55 pm
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    I know nothing about military strategy so I have no comments on this story.

  • Dahn L Carey
    5 January 2020 at 5:28 pm
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    Praying for our Troop’s safety. Praying for freedom loving Iranians who are tired of the totalitarian regime to stay strong as they await freedom from tyranny.

  • Derek Blurb
    5 January 2020 at 5:34 pm
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    Sounds like the democrat party is the bend over gaggle. “Please take everything, but don’t hoyt mee!”

  • BwaHa
    5 January 2020 at 5:41 pm
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    I really wish I was about 40 or more years younger and with my old unit…

  • ANI4ANI
    5 January 2020 at 6:03 pm
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    Speaking correctly 2 the Iranian nation? Something like not running around shouting “death 2 Iran”.

  • Lena Sellars
    5 January 2020 at 6:54 pm
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    Thank God we have a President that is completely for America. He takes no crap. Iran is not stupid enough to try war with us again. They know they don’t have a chance of winning. Thank you President Trump for standing strong for America.

  • Parham
    5 January 2020 at 6:54 pm
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    We are behind you Mr. President, whatever your decisions, because we know you are trying to protect our country and our boys. Thank you for all you do for us.

  • Tricky Ricky
    5 January 2020 at 8:11 pm
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    With all of the problems we have had and Iran being the cause of most of them, if they do commit an attack against US, I hope that we target their refineries, oil wells as well as their electric grid. As far as I’m concerned, if they want to live in the stone age, lets give it to them and then put a fence around their country. Nobody in, nobody out. Then maybe the innocent, good people will do something to get rid of their theocracy that has caused all of their problems and they can get back to a peaceful existence with the rest of the world

  • Silver Fox
    5 January 2020 at 9:52 pm
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    Oh boy! More cowboys with itchy trigger finger going in harms way! The Muslim hoard likes using lots of 🚀! I pray that our guys come back in one piece.🤔

  • Tommie Walker
    5 January 2020 at 10:07 pm
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    Praying for my brothers… Been there, Done that…18th Airborne Corp!!!!

  • Tommie Walker
    5 January 2020 at 10:09 pm
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    18th Airborne Corp…. Let’s do this!!!

  • jerry
    5 January 2020 at 11:53 pm
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    Every Patriot should contact Congressman Mark Meadows and encourage him to stay on board and run for reelection to the congress. He is one of the few and rare honest congressmen and the President needs him at his side during this troubling time. Please congressman, stay on board. our nation needs you

  • Kathleen Schiro
    6 January 2020 at 2:40 am
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    Keep stuff like this off the wires!!! Why the hell post this stuff! If you are expecting to surprise the enemy, why post who is going, how many, where they’ll be etc. Keep this info under lock and key, not blab it all over the internet. Make it a little hard for them to find out our next more, use codes for crying out loud.

    Get the job done an come home safe and sound!!!

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