US to send more troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions. Reuters 
US to send more troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions. Reuters

U.S. to send 1k troops to Middle East amid tensions with Iran

Tue, Jun. 18, 2019
WASHINGTON, June 18 (MENA) - The Pentagon announced that the US will send 1,000 additional US forces and more military resources to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran, CNN reported.

"In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East," acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a statement.

"The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region," Shanahan said, adding that the "United States does not seek conflict with Iran."

Shortly before the announcement the Pentagon released a detailed set of photos that it said showed Iranian boats removing a mine from one of two tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman on June 13. The US attributes the attack to Iran.

Tehran has vigorously denied the charge.

"The action today is being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of our military personnel working throughout the region and to protect our national interests," Shanahan said.

He added "We will continue to monitor the situation diligently and make adjustments to force levels as necessary given intelligence reporting and credible threats."

One US official said the deployment will include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft and missile defense for force protection.
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