2,000 US troops to Kuwait: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: Some 2,000 troops from a heavy armoured division in Fort Hood, Texas have begun deploying to Kuwait for exercises in the desert intended as a deterrent to Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday.

"They are going there as part of a rotation of units, but it's a larger, more robust unit than in the past," said Lieutenant Colonel David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman.

He said the estimated 2,000 troops, who will take part in an exercise called "Desert Spring," were on a brigade combat team from the 1st cavalry division based in Fort Hood, Texas.

Lapan said the deployment was intended to deter Iraq at a time when US forces are engaged in a war in Afghanistan.
( AFP )