North Carolina soldiers return home from sudden Middle East deployment

A soldier reunites with his daughter at Fort Bragg, N.C. after returning from the Middle East. (U.S. Army via AP)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Nearly two months after a U.S. Army rapid-response force was activated amid tensions with Iran, deploying 3,000 soldiers to the Middle East, some are returning home.

By the end of the weekend, nearly 800 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s Immediate Response Force are slated to have returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

On Thursday morning, eager family members waited in the base’s iconic Green Ramp to greet their loved ones.

Roughly 2,000 members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team are still deployed to the region for “any missions deemed necessary.”

It’s not clear when the remainder will return.

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