US Troops Load Aircraft Bound for Middle East to Respond to 'Increased Threat Levels'

Soldiers at Fort Bragg in North Carolina loaded aircraft bound for the Middle East on January 4, less than two days after senior Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani was killed in Iraq by US airstrikes.

This footage shows troopers and aircraft bound for the United States Central Command area of operations, which includes the Middle East. The deployment was “a precautionary action taken to respond to increased threat levels against U.S. personnel and facilities,” according to a description given by the military.

Following Soleimani’s death, the Supreme National Security Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran issued a statement promising retaliation for his killing. Credit: US Army via Storyful