Reports have surfaced that approximately 2,000 U.S. troops have been placed on standby for potential deployment to assist Israel in its ongoing conflict with Hamas, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Pentagon officials did not deny the report but offered limited details during a press briefing, leaving many questions unanswered.
Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh stated, “I don’t have more to provide at this time. I might be able to give you more details later, but at this time, I just don’t have anything more specific to add.” The report indicates that these troops would come from those already stationed in the Middle East and Europe, comprising tens of thousands of service members, though it remains uncertain how many would actually be sent to Israel.
The primary roles envisioned for these troops are advisory and medical support, although no specific types of units have been specified. The officials emphasized that they are not intended for combat operations, and no infantry units have been placed on a “prepare-to-deploy” status.
Notably, Israeli Defense Force (IDF) spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus has stated that Israel has no plans to request U.S. soldiers to participate in actual combat within its borders, asserting that the IDF would handle the fighting. “The fighting will be done by the IDF,” he affirmed.
Spokesman of the @IDF, Lt. Col. @jconricus says that Israel is grateful to the USA for the help it receives through intelligence sharing & shipments of military aid, but that it won't request a single U.S. soldier to fight in Israel.— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) October 17, 2023
"The fighting will be done by the IDF"
However, there is an existing presence of U.S. personnel in Israel, with a specific focus on hostage recovery efforts. These individuals are currently assisting the U.S. embassy in Israel and augmenting the staff’s capabilities for such operations. According to Deputy Press Secretary Singh, their role is primarily advisory and supportive in nature, providing intelligence and planning assistance to the Israeli Defense Force.
Singh explained, “I characterize it as an advise and assist role. They are there to help support and provide intelligence to the Israeli Defense Force when it comes to hostage recovery.” Although she did not provide extensive details, she emphasized that their primary mission is to advise and assist.
The situation in the region has become increasingly complex, with an unknown number of American hostages reportedly being held in Gaza following a series of terrorist attacks by Hamas militants in southern Israel. These attacks have resulted in casualties, with reports of over 1,300 individuals killed and more than 100, including Americans, being kidnapped. The U.S. government’s response involves supporting Israel in its efforts to recover hostages, maintain security, and address the ongoing conflict with Hamas.
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