Defense Secretary Statement on Mobilization of 82nd Airborne’s (IRF) to Iraq at the Autorization of The President

The following is for Immediate Press release from the Secretary of Defense:

At the direction of the Commander in Chief President Donald J. Trump, 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 & 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 world.

We send our heartfelt prayers to our warriors as they defend our interests against hostile forces in Iraq. Lord please send them home to us.

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