The United States Department of Defense stated on Tuesday that it will be sending an extra 300 soldiers to the Middle East in response to the rising number of assaults on American sites and the outbreak of a new conflict between the Hamas terror group and Israel.
Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder, Pentagon press secretary, made the announcement during a briefing that 300 extra personnel will be sent to the U.S. Central Command zone from bases in the United States.
Ryder clarified that the soldiers would not be sent to Israel but instead would help with regional deterrence and strengthen U.S. force protection.
U.S. forces currently stationed in the Middle East will get enhanced support and communications, which these personnel will provide to the area, he added. The 300 soldiers will join the 900 who were slated to deploy last Thursday by the Pentagon.
According to Ryder, the purpose of these units is to reinforce regional deterrence operations and further enhance U.S. force protection capabilities, not to deploy to Israel.
The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) acknowledged that one of its Ohio-class submarines has arrived in its area of responsibility (AOR), increasing tensions in an already tense region.
U.S. Central Command announced on X that on November 5, an Ohio-class submarine had entered the area of responsibility of U.S. Central Command.
According to a report, the Ohio-class subs are the biggest vessels of their kind in the United States Navy’s history. They have a length of 560 feet, a width of 42 feet, and a water displacement of 18,750 tons.
About half of the United States active strategic thermonuclear weapons that are capable of wiping a nation off the map are carried by the fourteen Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs).
Twenty-one nations make up the Area of Responsibility for CENTCOM.
The AOR includes the regions of Central and South Asia, as well as Central and South Africa. It encompasses approximately four million square miles.