(ConcernedPatriot.com) – On Monday, the Pentagon did not refute a report claiming that about 2,000 American soldiers had been instructed to be “ready to deploy” in case Israel needed help against Hamas.
“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,” said Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh when asked about the report during a press gaggle.
According to the Wall Street Journal article, about 2,000 troops have been instructed to prepare in case they are called upon to help Israel.
Only 2000 troops? This is how wars start pic.twitter.com/U3pqXJSvFt
— Canadian Prepper (@PrepperCanadian) October 17, 2023
These forces would include the tens of thousands stationed in Europe and the Middle East. It’s unclear how many would enter Israel, according to the article.
Officials informed The WSJ that the troops’ duties include providing medical assistance and advice. The phrase “from across the U.S. armed services” refers to the troops’ general demographics; no more information is provided.
According to the report, “They aren’t intended to serve in a combat role, the officials said. No infantry have been put on prepare-to-deploy order.”
According to Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, Israel will not ask American soldiers to fight in Israel.
“The fighting will be done by the IDF,” he said, according to Visegrad 24.
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.
"The fighting will be done by the IDF"
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) October 17, 2023
To help with captive retrieval attempts, Singh claimed that a small team is already enhancing the military presence at the American embassy in Israel.
“On hostage recovery, as you’ve heard us say, we’re providing planning and intelligence support to Israel, which is in the lead. We do not have — we do have a small number of personnel in Israel in support of this effort, as augmentation to the embassy staff,” she said.
“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. I wouldn’t get into more details, other than that, but it is really to advise and assist,” she said.
After Hamas militants carried out terrorist strikes throughout southern Israel, allegedly killing over 1,300 people and kidnapping over 100, including Americans, an undetermined number of Americans are held captive in Gaza.
— Human Events (@HumanEvents) October 16, 2023
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