ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 140

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Pentagon says 900 US troops heading to Mideast, 2 Iron Dome batteries to Israel

The Iron Dome missile defense system stationed close to the southern city of Sderot on October 12, 2023. (Jack Guez/AFP)
The Iron Dome missile defense system stationed close to the southern city of Sderot on October 12, 2023. (Jack Guez/AFP)

Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder says that approximately 900 US troops are either in or on their way to the Middle East — but not Israel — as part of “efforts to deter a broader conflict and further bolster us force protection capabilities.”

He also says in a briefing that the US plans to transfer two Iron Dome batteries to Israel.

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