Pentagon decides to send 1,000 more troops to Middle East

The Pentagon has decided to send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East.

The Acting Defense Minister Patrick Shanahan said in a statement on Monday, "In response to a request from CENTCOM, it has allowed about 1,000 additional troops to deal with air, maritime and land threats in the Middle East for defensive purposes."

The statement added, "Recent Iranian attacks confirmed the authenticity of the reliable information we received about the hostile behavior by the Iranian forces and groups that threatened US personnel and interests throughout the region, CNN said."

It mentioned, "The United States is not seeking a conflict with Iran. Today we are working to ensure the safety of our personnel operating throughout the region and to protect our national interests. We will continue to monitor the situation seriously and make adjustments to force levels as necessary in the light of credible intelligence reports and threats."

The US President Donald Trump announced late May that he would send 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East.

Trump confirmed the deployment of additional troops in the Middle East was a preventive measure, stressing that additional military deployment in the Middle East aimed at protection. He said the deployment would include a relatively small number of troops.



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