Escalating Presence: US Deploys Additional Troops to Israel Amidst Conflict

   Since the outbreak of a new round of Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the United States has continuously announced the deployment of additional troops to Israel’s surrounding areas. According to a report by CNN on October 16, the Pentagon has ordered the dispatch of a quick reaction force composed of 2,000 Marines near Israel. The report acknowledged that the US military has introduced a series of measures to steadily strengthen its presence in the Middle East, but at the same time it has also increased the possibility of the United States becoming involved in regional conflicts.
   CNN stated that this 2,000-person U.S. Marine Corps quick reaction force is heading to the coastal waters of Israel. The Pentagon is preparing for the possible deployment of U.S. troops to the country, which will increase the level of U.S. show of force in the region to prevent “Further escalation of conflict between Israel and Hamas.” It will join a growing number of U.S. warships and troops amassing toward Israel as the United States seeks to send a message of deterrence to Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
   In addition, the USS Ford aircraft carrier strike group has arrived near the Eastern Mediterranean. The US Navy Times stated that the USS Ford, the most advanced and powerful aircraft carrier in the US Navy, carries more than 70 fighter aircraft of various types from 9 carrier-based aircraft squadrons, plus escorting cruisers and destroyers. The strike group has powerful ground strike capabilities. According to a Pentagon statement, the aircraft carrier strike group is designed to prevent Lebanese Hezbollah and Iran from joining the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. At the same time, another U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, the Eisenhower, led a Ticonderoga-class cruiser, two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and an Italian frigate from the Norfolk Naval Base. It also carried About 70 carrier-based aircraft will join the “Ford” aircraft carrier strike group to provide support to Israel.
   The U.S. Air Force Times stated on October 16 that a statement issued by the U.S. Air Force Central Command showed that the F-15E “Strike Eagle” fighter jets of the 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron have arrived in the Middle East. They were immediately refueled, equipped with ammunition and carried out operations upon arrival. made its first combat flight. “This advanced fighter aircraft will enable the U.S. military to respond to any crisis or emergency and, if necessary, engage and defeat its adversaries.” Prior to this, the U.S. Air Force’s A-10 attack aircraft, known for “providing close air support,” had also arrived in the Middle East.
   The CNN report mentioned that U.S. officials emphasized that the Pentagon currently has no plans to send U.S. military personnel to directly intervene in the battle between Israel and Hamas. The U.S. military surge in operations around Israel shows that the type of assistance the U.S. military may provide to Israel mainly involves managing logistics supplies and providing medical support away from the front lines.

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