Approximately 2,000 U.S. military personnel from various branches might be mobilized to the Middle East in a supportive capacity for Israel amidst its ongoing conflict with the militant faction, Hamas, as per numerous sources. This expansion in U.S. support for Israel’s defense forces will not involve direct combat.
Should they be mobilized, these troops are anticipated to contribute through consultancy or medical assistance, as informed by U.S. authorities to the Wall Street Journal, with a specific exclusion from combat activities.
The mentioned personnel are dispersed both within the Middle East and beyond, including locations in Europe. The specifics regarding their potential destinations or the conditions necessitating their deployment remain uncertain, as noted by the Journal.
This development follows the Pentagon’s decision just two days prior to dispatch an additional aircraft carrier, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, to the eastern Mediterranean. This move aims to prevent any escalation in the region or aggressive actions against Israel. This naval force joins the previously arrived USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group.
The potential presence of U.S. land forces in the area might also function as a dissuasive signal to external parties, ABC News indicated. This is part of a broader U.S. strategy to discourage direct involvement from Iran and Hezbollah, an ally of Iran, in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
The violent clash, which erupted on October 7, has tragically resulted in significant loss of life. Reports from ABC News confirm that the conflict has claimed the lives of at least 4,150 individuals, encompassing around 1,400 Israelis and 2,750 Gazans. Furthermore, about 3,400 Israelis and 9,700 Gazans have suffered injuries in the hostilities.