Israel-Hamas War : ‘Prepare To Deploy’, Pentagon Orders US Troops

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srael Hamas War News Live Updates: Two US officials said that the Pentagon has sent “prepare to deploy” orders to about 2,000 US troops to be ready to respond to the Israel-Hamas war.

US president Joe Biden will visit Israel on Wednesday in a bid to mark a significant show of US support for Israel. Meanwhile, Russian president Vladimir Putin urged for a quick end to war and restoration of peace in a phone call with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The war began on October 7 with Hamas launching an all-out offensive against Israel, and has become the deadliest of five Gaza wars with more than 4,000 dead on both sides. The Gaza health ministry said 2,750 Palestinians have been killed while 9,700 were wounded. More than 1,400 Israelis have been killed and at least 199 others, including children, were captured by Hamas and taken into Gaza, according to Israel.

A second U.S. carrier strike group departs from Norfolk, Virginia, on Friday. Scores of aircraft are heading to U.S. military bases around the Middle East. And special operations forces are now assisting Israel’s military in planning and intelligence.

The buildup reflects U.S. concern that the deadly fighting between Hamas and Israel could escalate into a more dangerous regional conflict. So the primary mission for those ships and warplanes for now is to establish a force presence that deters Hezbollah, Iran or others from taking advantage of the situation. But the forces the U.S. sent are capable of more than that.

The U.S. is also expediting the shipment of munitions and interceptors for Israel’s fight against Hamas.

A look at what weapons and options the U.S. military could provide:

The U.S. is providing some personnel and much-needed munitions to Israel. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced that a small cell of special operations forces was now assisting Israel with intelligence and planning. They have not been ta .

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