The U.S. is deploying the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to the Middle East in response to increasing tensions stemming from the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. The MEU, which specializes in various operations, is positioned without specific orders, allowing flexibility for U.S. decision-makers.
- The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, a special forces team, is being deployed to the Middle East amid escalating Israel-Hamas conflict.
- Pentagon deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh clarified that the Marines are in the region without specific orders, allowing potential intervention based on upcoming decisions.
- The MEU is trained in evacuation responses and could aid in rescuing Americans, including those taken hostage by Hamas earlier in the month.
- Two U.S. carrier strike groups, including the USS Eisenhower and USS Ford, are already present in the eastern Mediterranean to deter the conflict’s expansion.
- Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has alerted approximately 2,000 U.S. troops to be prepared for deployment, though specific units for deployment are yet to be decided.