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3,000 more Fort Bragg soldiers deploy to Middle East in wake of U.S. Embassy attack

The troops are in addition to about 750 Fort Bragg soldiers who deployed to Kuwait on New Year's Day.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — 3,000 additional Fort Bragg soldiers are being deployed to the Middle East. This comes in the aftermath of the killing of an Iranian general in a strike ordered by President Donald Trump. 

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The troops are in addition to about 750 Fort Bragg soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division who deployed to Kuwait on New Year's Day. They were called to duty after an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. 

The attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad by Iran-supported militiamen shows that President Donald Trump's “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran has not crippled its ability to strike at American interests. Trump says Iran will “pay a very BIG PRICE!" He added: “This is not a Warning, it is a Threat. Happy New Year!" 

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A U.S. official says the deployment to Kuwait may eventually total about 4,000 soldiers.

Fort Bragg, N.C. shared a photo of troops boarding a plane for Iraq on New Year's Day adding, "While the rest of the country is celebrating the new year, Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division are deploying to Iraq. Please keep them and all of our Service Members in your prayers." 

GODSPEED | While the rest of the country is celebrating the New Year, 750 Fort Bragg Soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division are deploying to Iraq. Let's all keep these brave servicemen and women in...

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