Mon Jan 13, 2020, 08:12 PM

Thousands of Marines with 26th MEU move into the Red Sea

Philip Athey
4 hours ago

Roughly 2,500 Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit have entered the Red Sea, joining thousands of other U.S. troops sent to the region amid high tensions between the U.S. and Iran, Navy officials confirmed Monday.

The move, first reported by USNI, follows the Dec. 31, 2019, attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad by an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia, and the subsequent killing of revered Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

By entering into the Red Sea, the MEU has officially entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Cmdr. Joshua Frey confirmed to Marine Corps Times in an email Monday.

The 5th Fleet area of operations extends into the Persian Gulf, and the MEU may move into the region to be nearer to Iraq in case violence once again erupts in the country.


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