U.S. to Deploy Mechanized Infantry Battalion to S. Korea

The U.S. Army will deploy a mechanized infantry battalion made up of advanced battle tanks to South Korea to bolster defense on the peninsula as part of a rotational force, a military source said Tuesday.

The battalion armed with M1A2 battle tanks and M2A3 armored infantry fighting vehicles will depart their base on Thursday to join the U.S. Army’s 2nd Infantry Division stationed in South Korea, the source said, asking for anonymity.

About 800 American service members will serve in North Gyeonggi Province, just south of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, for nine months as part of planned enhancements to American forces in the country, he said.

The latest deployment shows the U.S. commitment to the military rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific region amid rising tensions in the strategically important region.

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