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Ohio National Guard to deploy troops to Middle East amid tensions with Iran

Operation Spartan Shield training in Kuwait
Operation Spartan Shield training in Kuwait(Source: Spc. Samantha Petersen/Task Force Spartan)
Updated: May. 24, 2019 at 12:45 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Ohio National Guard is deploying at least 25 soldiers to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield, according to an announcement on Wednesday.

The troops from the 38th Infantry Division join about 600 other soldiers being deployed from the Midwest.

In addition, President Donald Trump announced on Friday an estimated 1,500 military personnel from across the country will also be sent to the Middle East.

Friday’s national deployments are a response from the U.S. to what was described as a threat from Iran.

The White House administration says the deployments are “mostly protective” and not an effort to start a war, despite recent threatening tweets from President Donald Trump.

A ceremony will be held Friday afternoon for the Ohio National Guard troops before their deployment.

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