Russia’s war in Ukraine has sparked warnings of an impending World War III, and similar warnings are now mounting in connection with hostilities in Israel and the Gaza Strip. In a recent viral example, Matt Wallace, a account with over 1.3 million followers – posted a Tweeter purporting to show “thousands of US Marines” landing in Israel. “WW3 HIGH ALERT,” it says. The tweet had over 14,000 likes and 2.9 million views as of October 27.
Wallace’s tweet, however, does not show the US Marines or Israel. The referenced video is actually from June 2022, when members of the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division arrived in Mihail Kogalniceanu, Romania. According to an arrival image released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), units from the 101st were sent to “support the Army’s V Corps mission to reinforce NATO’s eastern flank and participate in multinational exercises with partners across Europe to reassure allies.” and deter further Russian aggression.
The DOD announced this week that approximately 900 U.S. troops are being deployed to the U.S. Central Command area, which covers territory in the Middle East stretching from Egypt west to Kazakhstan in the northeast, but none have reportedly been deployed to Israel. . “I will not talk about the specific deployment locations of these forces, I can confirm that they are not going to Israel,” said Pentagon press secretary Air Force Brig. General Pat Ryder spoke about the deployment. “Deployed and deploying units include a high altitude area defense terminal battery from Fort Bliss, Texas, Patriot batteries from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Patriot and Avenger batteries from Fort Liberty, North Carolina, and associated elements from the Air Defense Headquarters at Fort Bliss and Fort Cavazos, Texas,” he added. The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Groups were also directed to positions in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean in an effort to prevent a possible escalation of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas by Israel’s neighbors. the region.
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