The US is sending 800 more troops and 40 tanks to South Korea

The United States has announced it will commit 800 additional troops and around 40 M1A2 tanks and other military equipment to South Korea beginning on Feb. 1 as part of the U.S. “pivot to Asia.”

The troops and equipment will come from the 1st US Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas. The troops are facing a nine-month deployment. The equipment will remain in South Korea to be used by other soldiers rotating into the country.

“This addition of forces to Korea is part of the rebalance to the Pacific. It’s been long planned and is part of our enduring commitment to security on the Korean peninsula,” Army Colonel Steve Warren said.

“This gives the commanders in Korea an additional capacity: two companies of tanks, two companies of Bradleys.”

There are currently roughly 28,000 US soldiers in South Korea.

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