By The Independent UK
The United States is deploying nearly 3,000 more Army troops to the Middle East amid increased tensions between the US and Iran following the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
The thousands of troops come as the US awaits retaliation from Iran for the air strike that killed the Quds Force leader, and as tens of thousands of anti-America demonstrators have taken to the streets in Iran to protest the loss of the general.
Prior to the air strike at the Baghdad airport that left Soleimani dead, the US had deployed about 700 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne to Kuwait, after the US Embassy compound in the Iraqi capital was stormed by Iran-backed militiamen and their supporters.
The thousands of additional troops are reportedly going to be deployed from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, according to Defence Department officials who spoke to the Associated Press.
It remains to be seen how Iran may respond to the killing, which targeted a well-known and respected military leader in the country’s most elite force.