Media outlets have released footage of some U.S. soldiers departing from a U.S. military base in North Carolina after the U.S. announced it would send thousands more troops to the region. In the footage, U.S. soldiers load some equipment and military vehicles into military aircraft. The equipment, vehicles and U.S. soldiers are said to be deployed to the Middle East.
Iran has said it will take a hard-line revenge following the death of senior Iranian general Sulaimani in a U.S. airstrike. The U.S. Department of Defense later said that the threat to U.S. personnel and facilities in the Middle East is increasing, and U.S. forces decided to send more personnel to deal with the threat.