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Defense secretary issues plan to ‘bolster regional deterrence efforts’, move warships, increase forces

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced the U.S. Department of Defense’s plan on Saturday evening to further “bolster regional deterrence efforts” in the Middle East amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, reiterating the department’s defense of Israel.

In a press release, the secretary said that the plan comes following “detailed discussions” with President Joe Biden.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks during a meeting with UK Secretary of State for Defense Grant Shapps (out of frame) at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

The secretary said that USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group will join the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, which was recently moved to the Eastern Mediterranean following the unprecedented assault on Israel from Hamas terrorists.

The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry claims at least 4,137 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and the West Bank and more than 13,162 wounded. 

At least 11 Americans are feared to be held captive by Hamas.

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