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The Pentagon is scheduled to the request for several thousand more U.S. troops to the Middle East amid escalating tensions with Iran, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News on Wednesday.
No decision has been taken, and it was not clear whether the White house would give his blessing. The provision could also Patriot missile batteries and Navy ships.
The tensions between Washington and Tehran in the head came to meet after President Trump ordered warships and bombers in the Middle East at the beginning of this month of unknown threats to U.S. interests. To leave in addition, all non-ordered essential U.S. employees, the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Iraq, after a surprise visit by Secretary of state Mike Pompeo.
IRAN DRAWS CONCERN FROM PARTS OF THE NUCLEAR ENERGY, THE 60-DAY NEGOTIATING PERIOD FOR NEW CONDITIONS
Acting Minister of defence, Patrick Shanahan, left, and Secretary of state Mike Pompeo speak to members of the media after a classified briefing for members of Congress about Iran, Tuesday, may 21, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
IRAN’s SUPREME LEADER CRITICISED the state President AND THE foreign Minister ON NUCLEAR DEAL
“You have all the reports seen, that it is an escalation — information indicating Iran escalated their activities,” said Pompeo in his flight to Baghdad in early may. “I wanted to talk to Baghdad, with the leadership there, to assure you that we will be, ready to Stand, to continue, to ensure that Iraq is a sovereign, independent nation.”
Pompeo Iraq, told Belarusian officials that the United States had to gather intelligence that Iran threatens American interests in the region.
Trump representatives of the government on Tuesday, the Congress was informed about the tensions with Iran, saying they were trying to deter attacks and avoid a war.
“Our biggest focus at this point is, in order to prevent the Iranian miscalculation,” Acting defense Minister Parick Shanahan told reporters after the briefing. “We don’t want to escalate the situation. This is about deterrence, not war.”
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Trump on Monday called Iran the “No. 1 provocateur of terror” and threatened to meet provocations with a “great power.”
He also said he was ready to negotiate.
“We’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters, as he is in the White house at a campaign event. He said Iran is “very hostile.”
Fox News’ Alex Pappas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.