|Statement from Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper
Statement from Secretary of Defense
Dr. Mark T. Esper 01 JAN 20
''At the direction of the Commander in Chief, I have
authorized the deployment of an infantry battalion
from the Immediate Response Force (IRF) of the
82nd Airborne Division to the U.S. Central
Command area of operations in response to recent
events in Iraq.
Approximately 750 soldiers will deploy to the region
immediately, and additional forces from the IRF
are prepared to deploy over the next several days.
This deployment is an appropriate and
precautionary action taken in response to increased
threat levels against U.S. personnel and facilities,
such as we witnessed in Baghdad today.
The United States will protect our people and
interests anywhere they are found around the
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