By The Blaze. The Department of Defense announced Tuesday night that an additional 750 troops would be promptly deployed to the Middle East in response to Tuesday’s attack on the United States Embassy in Iraq, and that another 3,000 were preparing for possible deployment in coming days.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper issued a written statement, saying, “This deployment is an appropriate and precautionary action taken in response to increased threat levels against US personnel and facilities, such as we witnessed in Baghdad today.” According to the statement, the deployment was ordered by President Donald Trump, who has placed blame for the attack squarely on the Iranian government.
Overall, an additional 14,000 troops have been deployed to the Middle East since May 2019 in response to Iranian aggression in the area. (Read more from “Additional Troops Are Headed to the Middle East in Response to Attack on U.S. Embassy” HERE)
Several American Troops Wounded and a U.S. Contractor Killed in Rocket Attack on Kirkuk Base
By Fox News. Officials with the U.S.-led mission to defeat ISIS said Friday that a U.S. civilian contractor was killed and several American troops were wounded in a rocket attack targeting an Iraqi base in Kirkuk.
The attack, which occurred Friday around 7:20 p.m. local time in Iraq, also wounded several Iraqi personnel, officials with Operation Inherent Resolve told Military Times in an emailed statement.
The Iraqi military posted to social media Friday that several missiles struck the K1 camp in Kirkuk, which houses coalition forces.
“Iraqi Security Forces are leading the response and investigation. Further information will be released as it becomes available,” OIR said in a statement Friday.
OIR and Iraqi officials provided no other details about the attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the rocket attack against the Kirkuk facility. (Read more from “Several American Troops Wounded and a U.S. Contractor Killed in Rocket Attack on Kirkuk Base” HERE)