Israel-Hamas war: How US is aiding Israel in its fight against Palestinian militant group

When Hamas attacked Israel last week, the U.S. began moving its warships and aircrafts to the region. The U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement that the Pentagon has ordered a second carrier strike group to the eastern Mediterranean Sea and is sending Air Force fighter jets to the region.  

Presence of U.S. forces to deter enemies 

For the time being, the development reflects U.S. concern that the deadly fighting among Hamas and Israel could grow into a more perilous regional conflict. So, the essential mission for those warships and warplanes is to lay out a powerful presence that deters Hezbollah, Iran or others from taking advantage of what is going on. Yet, the forces the U.S. sends are prepared to do more than that. 

Austin added that the movements are “part of our effort to deter hostile actions against Israel or any efforts toward widening this war following Hamas’s attack on Israel”. 

“We take our national security interests very seriously in the region,” he said.  

The Biden administration clarified that the carrier, and its accompanying force, are not there to take part in battle exercises for Israel. 

John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator for the National Security Council said on Thursday, “There is no intention or plan to put American troops on the ground in Israel.” He highlighted that the reason for the expanded military presence in the region is to discourage others from entering the conflict assuming they see weakness with respect to Israel. 

Let’s look at what weapons the U.S. military could provide: 

Aircrafts of the Air Force 

The Pentagon has likewise ordered extra warplanes to support A-10, F-15 and F-16 units at bases all through the Middle East. More are to be added if necessary. 

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall expressed Tuesday at an Atlantic Council event that the assistance was coordinating units that were going to get back home to stay set up alongside their replacements. 

The U.S. Air Force as of now has huge airpower in the region to direct manned and unmanned operations, mostly in Syria where an Air Force F-16 last week was ordered to shoot a Turkish drone that was posing a danger to U.S. ground powers. 

Kendall additionally said Air Force C-17s have arrived and left from Israel since the attacks. The transport planes were getting U.S. military staff who were there for a tactical exercise that hadn’t begun when the attacks started, the Air Force said in a statement. 

Neither the Air Force nor the Central Command commented on what extra missions U.S. airpower could take on considering the Israel-Hamas war. 

Warships and planes of the Navy 

A few hours after Hamas attacked Israel, U.S. responded by announcing that the Pentagon would divert the USS Gerald R. Ford carrier strike group to sail toward Israel. The carrier had recently finished an exercise with the Italian Navy when the ship with its group of around 5,000 was ordered to sail toward the Eastern Mediterranean rapidly. 

As Israel is ready for a ground attack on Gaza, Austin announced a second carrier group would sail toward Israel. In a statement, the defense secretary said he was sending the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower as well to work toward deflecting unfriendly activities against Israel or any endeavours toward extending this war following Hamas’ assault on Israel. 

The carriers give a large group of choices. They act as command-and-control operations centre and can lead information warfare. They can launch and recuperate E2-Hawkeye surveillance planes, unmistakable by their 24-foot (7-meter) diameter disc-shaped radars. The planes give early warnings on missile launches, lead observation and manage the airspace, by not only detecting enemy aircraft but also coordinating U.S. movements. 

They likewise act as a floating airbase for F-18 warrior jets that can fly intercepts or strike targets. What’s more, the carriers can flex to give humanitarian capabilities incorporating hospitals with ICUs, emergency rooms, doctors and surgeons. Additionally, they sail with helicopters that can be used to transport basic supplies in or victims out. 

Weapons, munitions and special forces 

The U.S. is giving a few personnel and necessary munitions to Israel. Austin announced that a small special tasks cell was currently helping Israel with intelligence and arranging and giving guidance and consultations to the Israeli Defense on prisoner rescue endeavours. They have not been entrusted with rescue of civilians, which would put them directly into the conflict. That is something the Biden administration has not endorsed, and White House representative John Kirby has said the Israelis don’t want. 

The U.S. is likewise getting their defense companies to speed up weapons orders by Israel that were on the books. The main weapon among these is Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system. 

Iron Dome’s missiles target rockets that approach its cities. As per Raytheon, Israel has 10 such defense systems set up. Starting with the attack last week, Hamas has fired more than 5,000 rockets at Israel, the vast majority of which the system has had the option to intercept, as per the Israel Defense Forces. 

“We’re surging additional military assistance, including ammunition and interceptors to replenish Iron Dome. We’re going to make sure that Israel does not run out of these critical assets to defend its cities and its citizens,” President Joe Biden said.  

Raytheon produces most of the missile parts for Iron Dome in the U.S., and the Army has two systems in place. 

The Iron Dome weapons the U.S. gives to Israel will probably be far more than what Israel has requested and will be essential for progressing military help packages. Those packages will likewise incorporate small bombs and JDAM kits — basically a tail fin and navigation kit that turns a bomb into a “savvy” bomb and empowers troops to direct the ammo to an objective, instead of just dropping it. 

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