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US to deploy “rapid intervention force” in the Middle East says Pentagon

US Marine Corps. File photo.
US Marine Corps. File photo.

(IraqiNews.com) On Tuesday, the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) announced that the Marine Corps intends to deploy 2,300 soldiers to the Middle East whose mission would be the rapid intervention at the outbreak of crises in the region.

The Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the intervention unity will not be linked to “the ongoing operations in Iraq,” in reference to the campaign International Alliance led by the Washington to bomb positions seized by the organization of the Islamic state in western Iraq and eastern Syria. This force will be supplied by several aircraft, and will be ready to move quickly in case of an “an unexpected event,” according to the spokesman.

This idea introduced to the US military personnel after the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi (eastern Libya) on 11 September 2012, noting that a similar force was created to cover the Africa region, based in Spain.



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