The first brigade of the 82nd U.S. Airborne Division arrived in Kuwait today from Fort Bragg. At least the first aircraft with personnel and equipment began leaving yesterday and should reach their destination within 24 hours. That's +3500 people to what's already deployed in the region. Above all, a battalion of this division has already been deployed there.
Colonel Mike Burns told the Associated Press agency yesterday that 700 soldiers of the division are already on the spot. And the United States is using these troops in a rather rational way.
Where routine work is needed, there are other units. Paratroopers perform other functions, and therefore their redeployment to this area says a lot, including the fact that some operational plan has been launched, during which the use of paratroopers is planned. Let us say that they are not needed for defense.
Today it also became known that the Pentagon confirmed the cancellation of the participation of the U.S. Marine Corps in the planned exercise "African Sea Lion" off the coast of Morocco. A large landing ship, USS Bataan, and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are on their way to the Middle East to reinforce a group of troops already deployed in the region. With the arrival of the North Carolina paratroopers, the total strength of the ground force there will be over 20,000 and is likely to continue to grow.
On this basis, it can be assumed that the initial phase of troop deployment could mean the launch of several scenarios. They will all depend on what Iran does in response to the assassination of Commander Quds Suleimani and what the puppet Government of Iraq will do.
Two plans are very likely to be seen. Since Iran is unlikely to take any too desperate action and limit itself to sabotage and sabotage of communications, from oil terminals to the Strait of Hormuz, the United States will be forced to destroy the infrastructure that enables Tehran to do so.
This is not the first time Iran has attacked tankers with fast boats and mined the Strait of Hormuz channel. Since the Persians have never shared commercial and military interests, they have set up bases of subversive groups right on their offshore oil platforms and the United States has been forced to shoot them down from there, along with the platforms. In addition, they had to destroy the ships that were mining the fairway. In 1989, the Americans managed to hijack such a ship, where the records and maps of the mine were found and the mines themselves, the serial numbers of which coincided with what the trawlers were able to find.
The experience was then redundant and if Iran resorts to such tactics, the Fifth Fleet in Bahrain and the Marine Corps will surely have a job to do.