US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement on Tuesday that he approved the deployment of an 82nd Airborne Infantry Battalion.
Apart from the immediate deployment, additional forces of the IRF are prepared to deploy over the next few days, he said.
Pres. Donald Trump said Tuesday that Iranian civilian forces are responsible for an attack Friday on an Iraqi military base, in which a U.S. contractor was killed and many wounded.
Breaking news on Friday morning is that the United States has killed Qasem Soleimani.
Qassem Suleimani, a high Iranian commander, was killed in an airstrike at the Baghdad International Airport.
Qassem Suleimani have killed many Americans in strategic attacks over the years.
Fox News reported on the incident:
Twitter users ran to the platform praising Donald Trump and the military.
Hard to understate how big this is— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) January 3, 2020
• Qassem Suleimani is Iran’s most powerful mil figure in Region
• He runs Iran’s proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq
• Both men designated by US as Terrorist
• Muhandis was at US embassy attack protest, calls himself “Suleimani soldier”
Reminder:— Firas Maksad (@FirasMaksad) January 3, 2020
Israel twice had opportunity to kill #Iran’s Qassem Suleimani but stopped due to US pressure.
Both Bush & Obama said “no” to Suleimani killing. @realDonaldTrump did it ?? https://t.co/KDU1uSysPV
Iraqis out celebrating the death of Qassem Suleimani https://t.co/dg7sKsJaYi— Osha Mahmoud (@Osha001) January 3, 2020
Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and Qassem Suleimani in the space of three months. Trump finally can say he outdid Obama on something without having to lie about it.— Kareem Shaheen (@kshaheen) January 3, 2020