Plan may send up to 10,000 troops to the Middle East

23 Mai, 2019, 03:38 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Pentagon to brief on plan that could send thousands of additional US troops to Middle East

AP reported soon thereafter that the Pentagon will present plans to send "up to 10,000 troops" to the Middle East, also citing unnamed officials.

The US Department of Defense is considering a US military request to send about 5,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran, two US officials told Reuters on Wednesday. The reinforcements would be "defensive in nature", one of the officials reportedly said.

The Pentagon regularly receives - and declines - requests for additional resources from United States combatant commands throughout the world. Defense leaders told congressional officials Tuesday that the United States does not want to go to war with Iran and wants to de-escalate the situation.

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"Our biggest focus at this point is to prevent Iranian miscalculation". We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. This is about deterrence, not about war. "Hopefully, we're not going to have to plan for that. This is about continuing to protect our interest in the Middle East", Shanahan told reporters Tuesday.

This appeared to be the latest request for additional resources in the face of what USA officials have said are credible threats from Iran against United States forces and American interests in the Middle East.

Washington has already sent a carrier strike group, a number of B-52 strategic bombers, and a unit of Patriot missile defense batteries to the region, citing intelligence warnings of an "imminent threat" by Iran. On 8 May, Iran announced its decision to partially discontinue its obligations under the nuclear agreement.

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