US Puts 8,500 Troops On Heightened Alert Amid Russia Tension

Monday, January 24th 2022, 2:18 pm
By: Associated Press


The Pentagon says that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has put up to 8,500 troops on heightened alert, so they will be prepared to deploy if needed to reassure NATO allies in the face of ongoing Russian aggression on the border of Ukraine.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Monday no final decisions have been made on deployments.

He said the order is about ensuring that the U.S. is ready to respond if NATO decides to deploy its response force. Kirby said: “What this is about is reassurance to our NATO allies.”