US to send 1,500 soldiers to Iraq, Syria amid regional standoff

US to send 1,500 soldiers to Iraq, Syria amid regional standoff
# 15 January 2024 17:58 (UTC +04:00)

The United States is sending 1,500 troops to Iraq and Syria, ostensibly to fight ISIL (ISIS), even as its regional standoff with Iran-aligned groups in those countries is rapidly heating up, APA reports citing AlJazeera.

A report by US outlet CBS News showed soldiers from the New Jersey Army National Guard being celebrated and honoured by New Jersey state Governor Phil Murphy before their deployment, which is reportedly their largest since 2008.

The soldiers will first head to Fort Bliss in Texas for training before going to the Middle East.

This is happening while US-opposed forces in Iraq and Syria have targeted US bases at least 130 times since the start of the war in Gaza.

The government of Syria considers US forces to be an “occupying” force, and Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said last week that he wants a “quick” exit of US forces.

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