Footage has emerged on social media that is alleged to be US troops being redeployed from Kuwait to Iraq. A shaky video clip shows a military convoy loaded with heavy armored vehicles and tanks moving through a busy street purportedly in an unidentified Middle Eastern city.
It is now known that the #USAF's C-17As which transported the rangers of #USArmy's 82nd Airborne Division to #Kuwait yesterday also transported M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles from #FortBragg. Video recorded today & provided by @Imamofpeace shows M2A2s on their ways to #Iraq. pic.twitter.com/CGAzsVyj3G— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) 3 January 2020
The quality of the video, however, does not allow for a certainty that it is a real redeployment of US forces to Iraq. The camouflage pattern of the transported vehicles resembles, however, one that is used by US forces in the Middle East.
A spokesperson for the US Department of Defence said in an earlier statement that "the Immediate Response Force (IRF) brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division was alerted to prepare for deployment, and are now being deployed".
Some netizens doubted, however, that the military vehicles in the shaky video belonged to the 82nd Airborne Division.
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