Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder announced Thursday approximately 900 U.S. troops have deployed or are deploying to the Middle East.

“These include forces that have been on prepare to deploy orders, and which are deploying from the continental United States,” Ryder said, according to CNN.

“Deployed and deploying units include a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery from Fort Bliss Texas, Patriot batteries from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Patriot and Avenger batteries from Fort Liberty, North Carolina, and associated air defense headquarters elements from Fort Bliss and Fort Cavazos, Texas.”

According to reports, the deployed troops are not going to Israel.

Per CNN:

Ryder added that the deploying units would not be going to Israel and are “intended to support regional deterrence efforts and further bolster US force protection capabilities.” The Pentagon previously announced the deployment of the THAAD and Patriot batteries.

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As the war between Israel and Hamas continues, the US is seeking to send a strong message to adversaries to prevent the conflict spreading more widely in the region.

Zero Hedge reports:

In the Pentagon’s latest move to bolster US defenses in the Middle East against the ‘Iran threat’ – given the increased instances of Tehran proxies attacking US troop installations in Iraq and Syria over the last week – some 900 more Americans soldiers will be dispatched to the region.

A CBS correspondent has cited Pentagon Press Secretary, Gen. Patrick Ryder, who says 900 US troops have deployed or in process of deploying to bolster missile defense in CENTCOM’s mideast region of operations. They are expected to man Patriot, THAAD and Avenger missile systems. Earlier this week US defense officials said these extra missile batteries are being deployed to the theatre ahead of an expected Israeli ground offensive in Gaza.

The CBS reporter noted “This comes as Iranian-backed groups continue to attack US military in Iraq and Syria.” Fears are growing that a major IDF push into the Gaza Strip would unleash broader retaliation strikes on US bases in the region. This could include Hezbollah, which operates both in Lebanon and Syria.

This follows reports of U.S. troops positioned in Iraq facing attacks from drones and rockets.

Via Fox News:

The Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq, which hosts U.S. and international forces, was targeted by drones and rockets Thursday evening, according to Reuters.

Two security sources told the outlet “multiple blasts” were heard inside the base and it was not immediately clear if the attacks caused casualties or damages.

The area around the base was closed by the Iraqi military, who began a search operation. The attacks are believed to have taken place around the time President Biden delivered an address from the Oval Office.

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