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US To Deploy 2,300 Troops To Kuwait As Part Of Crisis Unit

US To Deploy 2,300 Troops To Kuwait As Part Of Crisis Unit

The unit, which will include several aircraft, has been deployed to deal with sudden contingencies, said Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby.

The US Marine Corps has announced that it will deploy around 2,300 troops to the Middle East as a part of a new task force that would focus on crisis management.

The unit, which will include several aircraft, has been stationed to deal with emergencies and will be prepared to move rapidly in the case of “contingencies”, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters.

The official, however, emphasised that the idea of a task force originated in 2013 long before the US began airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.

Although Kirby did not specify the location of the troops, a senior Marine Corps official said earlier that the new task force will be based in Kuwait.

The launch of the task force is part of the military’s efforts to improve its response to crisis situations in the region, which include embassy evacuations in times of emergency.

The US Marine corps has already set up a similar unit in the Moron air base in Spain, which is assigned to respond to any crisis in the Africa region.

With the political tension intensifying in Syria, Iraq and Libya, the United States has stepped up its military involvement in the Middle East.

The United States began air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq on August 8 and expanded strikes to Syria on September 22.

The strikes are aimed at crippling the groups’ ability to operate and target vehicles, depots and headquarter buildings to affect the militants’ ability to resupply and train fighters, Kirby said in an earlier statement.

The air strikes in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State insurgents are also supported by a large coalition of countries, including Gulf Arab states such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

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