A senior official confirmed this news to ABC.
A U.S. official has confirmed to ABC that 3,500 additional soldiers would be deployed from Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division in the middle-east as there is a growing anticipation of retaliation from Iran after a U.S. airstrike killed a top-level Iranian general.
Donald Trump's reign has seen U.S. - Iran relationship go from bad to worse and the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, has definitely caused the tensions to flare up immediately. As world leaders try to get a hold of this sudden move and try to gauge its consequences, A spokesperson for the 82nd Airborne Division released the following statement Friday evening:
"As previously announced by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Immediate Response Force (IRF) brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division was alerted to prepare for deployment, and are now being deployed. One battalion of the IRF has already deployed to the Central Command area of operations. At the same time, the remainder of the brigade was placed on 96-hour notice. This deployment was an anticipated and expected outcome when they were placed on notice. The brigade will deploy to Kuwait as an appropriate and precautionary action in response to increased threat levels against U.S. personnel and facilities in the region. Approximately 3,500 Paratroopers in total will deploy to the Middle East. They are ready to answer the Nations call; fit, well trained, and disciplined."