Pentagon Proposing Troop Buildup in the Mideast

Pentagon Proposing Troop Buildup in the Mideast

"There is no 10,000, there's no 5,000, and that's not accurate", he told reporters, referring to a Reuters report that the Pentagon was considering sending 5,000 defensive troops to the region, and an Associated Press report that up to 10,000 could be deployed.

He said that the U.S.is focused on what he described as "force protection in the Middle East" and that "our job is deterrence, this is not about war", echoing remarks he made earlier in the week.

"It may involve sending additional troops". "We've had some luck in disrupting the tactical things that were in front of us, I think it's fair to say, but we're still on high alert, we're still making sure we have the right resources in play".

Pompeo and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told lawmakers the U.S.is seeking to deter, not provoke, Iran, even while accusing Tehran of threatening us interests in the Mideast.

The Pentagon regularly receives - and declines - requests for additional troops and equipment from US commands across the world.

The United States now has between 60,000 and 80,000 troops deployed in the area covered by CENTCOM, which includes the 14,000 now on duty in Afghanistan, 5,200 personnel in Iraq and less than 2,000 in Syria. The United States has not publicly provided evidence to back the claims.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran came to a head after President Trump ordered warships and bombers to the Middle East earlier this month to counter unspecified threats to us interests.

"There is no 10,000 and there is no 5,000".

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The Pentagon regularly receives - and declines - requests for additional resources from US combatant commands throughout the world.

"You young people should be assured that you will witness the demise of the enemies of humanity, meaning the degenerate American civilization, and the demise of Israel", Khamenei said in a meeting with students, without giving further details.

Pompeo told Iraqi officials that the USA had been gathering intelligence that Iran is threatening American interests in the region.

He pointed to a battle during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war where Iran was victorious and said the outcome could be a message that Iran will have a "hard, crushing and obliterating response" for any enemy "adventurism".

On Sunday, Mr. Trump tweeted, "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran".

The United States has in recent weeks stepped up its military forces in the region in what US National Security Adviser John Bolton has called "a clear and unmistakable message" to Iran.

He also said he was willing to negotiate.

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