Redeployment has been approved and they will begin their journey home in the next several weeks.
About 800 of the Fort Bragg forces deployed to Kuwaut returned home in February. The remaining soldiers are also headed home.
The base could not provide further details on when the troops would return, citing operational security.
The forces from Fort Bragg were based in Kuwait but conducted missions in Iraq and throughout the region.
[ April 9 2020 3,500 82nd paratroopers deployed in Kuwait ]
Most of the soldiers with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, who were sent to the Middle East in January have yet to come home because of both tensions with Iran and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
“We are monitoring, almost daily, actually, to determine exactly when to bring them home,” Gen. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a live-streamed town hall in which top defense officials answered questions from troops and their families. “The secretary is very keen on bringing them home. But it’s dependent upon the overall security situation between Iraq and Iran.”
About 3,500 paratroopers with the brigade deployed to Kuwait in January after thousands of Iranian-backed militia fighters assaulted the U.S. embassy in Baghdad the previous month.
[January 7 2020 Iraq: 26th MEU to Med, 173rd Airborne Brigade on alert in Vicenza, Italy ]
Around 2,500 Camp Lejeune Marines are being redirected to the Mediterranean Sea as tensions between the U.S. and Iran rise.
The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the amphibious assault ship Bataan, amphibious transport dock New York and the dock landing Ship Oak Hill.
The MEU consists of Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Combat Logistics Battalion 26 and the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365, all based at Camp Lejeune. An official told the Marine Corps Times the Marines will be attached to the U.S. 6th Fleet while it is in the Mediterranean.
The 26th MEU is a special operations capable air-ground task force whose role is a crisis response force.
Published: January 6, 2020
VICENZA, Italy — Soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade are deploying to the Middle East, a brigade spokesman said Monday.
“We do have troops from the brigade that are deploying to posture to defend U.S. personnel and property as directed,” said Maj. Chris Bradley, a spokesman for the Italy-based brigade.
He declined to discuss the deployment further, including how many paratroopers would deploy and where, until after a Pentagon announcement.
[January 4 2020]
An exercise with Morocco including the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit has been canceled, U.S. Africa Command said January 4 2020. The contingent of 4,500 sailors and Marines aboard the USS Bataan is instead moving closer to the Middle East, an unnamed defense official told USNI News on January 3 2020. The Army has put elements of the 173rd Airborne Brigade on alert in Vicenza, Italy,
[January 3 2020 82nd to Kuwait ]
Protestors began withdrawing from the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq, on January 1 2020 following orders from the Iranian-backed militia group Kataib Hezbollah,
Roughly 750 soldiers with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division are to be headed for Kuwait with an additional 4,000 American troops expected to deploy later this week. U.S. Central Command said that a detachment of 100 Marines from Kuwait with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response–Central Command deployed to the American embassy in Baghdad to reinforce security.
The Marines were requested by the U.S. State Department and their deployment was approved by Iraqi Security Forces. Two Apache attack helicopters are providing over watch.
[October 23 2019 bringing the troops home ]
Defence Minister Najah al-Shammari said the American troops are “transiting” in Iraq will depart the country within four weeks and will then head either to Kuwait, Qatar, or back to the United States.
Maj. Gen. Najah Hassan Ali al-Shammari was born in Baghdad in 1967. He was retired at his request in 2018. He was a leader in the Special Forces branch, and has held many military positions from 2003 until 2007.
The new defense minister graduated from the Military College in 1987 after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in military sciences. He also obtained a master’s degree in strategic planning for national security. He also took many specialized military and security courses in Iraq, Jordan and America.
Shamari is a Sunni Arab and senior Iraqi military officer who was supported and nominated by Ayad Allawi, the former Prime Minister and vice-President of Iraq
[October 22 2019]
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said October 22 2019: “We will temporarily reposition in Iraq pursuant to bringing the troops home. And so it’s just one part of a continuing phase, but eventually those troops are going to come home.”
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“All U.S. forces that withdrew from Syria received approval to enter the Kurdistan Region so that they may be transported outside Iraq. There is no permission granted for these forces to stay inside Iraq,” the Iraqi military said.
[October 20 2019 Syria: reposition into Anbar Province ]
SEC. ESPER: The current game plan is for those forces to re-position into western Iraq to…
Q: All of them?
SEC. ESPER: Yeah, the ones coming out, right? That original 1,000. And then to — two missions, one is to help defend Iraq, and two is to perform a counter-ISIS mission as we sort through the next steps. And, again, that’s the current game plan. Things could change between now and whenever we complete the withdrawal. But that’s the game plan right now.
Q: Is there an agreement with the Iraqis on that?
SEC. ESPER: I’ve talked to the minister of defense from Iraq. And I will be having conversations, I’m sure, going forward. And we will nail down all the particulars.
Q: Just to be precise, Anbar province is to what you refer when you say “western Iraq”?
SEC. ESPER: I don’t know where. You would have to pull out a map. And I probably couldn’t give you that degree of specificity, so.
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– October 21, 2019
Source: United States Department of Defense