According to Army Times, the US military is deploying 2,500 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division to Kuwait with the goal of taking part in operations against Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq.
The announced deployment comes just a day after reports show that U.S. Maines have landed on the ground in northeast Syria.
RT’s Ruptly agency captured footage of US troops with Humvees and eight-wheeled armored vehicles stationed in what appears to be a desolate village.
The 2,500 troop deployment will include units of the Fort Bragg-based 82nd Airborne Division 2nd Brigade Combat Team (2nd BCT), Army Times reported on Friday, adding that 1,700 troops from the 2nd BCT have already been deployed to the region, spreading between Iraq and Kuwait. The focus of the troops will be on the U.S.-led effort to train and assist the Iraqi troops doing much of the fighting against ISIS there.
These new personnel will be “postured there to do all things Mosul, Raqqa, all in between,” Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for operations, told House lawmakers Wednesday. Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria are the Islamic State’s two main strongholds.