nearvideo Pentagon plans to send up to 2,000 troops in the Middle East amid tensions with Iran
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President Trump has the Pentagon to send plan, around 2,000 more troops in the Middle East against the backdrop of rising tensions with Iran, U.S. officials told Fox News on Friday.
The plan is designed to strengthen the security of existing American and allied forces in the region and to deter attacks from Iran, officials say. Additional destroyers or submarines would be deployed in the region, equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles, she said.
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“We will send only a relatively small number of troops,” the President told reporters in front of the White house on Friday. “Mostly protective. Some very talented people in the Middle East right now. And we’ll see what happens.”
No large military units, such as the US Army brigade combat teams expected to deploy. Instead, senior military leaders want to deploy additional Patriot anti-missile battery, a defensive weapon system. You also want to deploy another warship or U-boat in the region, the more surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, and potentially more Air Force fighter jets.
On Thursday, the Acting Minister of defence, Patrick Shanahan had rejected news reports that could be sent, say 5,000 or 10,000 troops to the region, say the number is “not exactly.” But he did more forces acknowledge could soon be on the way to the region for force protection.
The United States began strengthening its presence in the Persian Gulf region this month in response to what he said was a threat from Iran.
At the beginning of may In the United States, the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group to the middle East accelerated, and sent four B-52 bombers in the region. The Pentagon also decided to move a Patriot air defense missile battery, to an unknown country in the Region.
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On Friday, an anti-war Republican allies of the President, his decision, urged him to repent.
“I highly recommend that you reconsider @real Donald trump, more troops in the Middle East,” tweeted Kentucky sen. Rand Paul. “This escalation will not bring us out of our decades-long, seemingly endless wars, Mr President. Trust your instincts and do not follow what you have running, the neocons, want to repeat the mistakes of the past.”
On Tuesday, top officials were dispatched to the trombone administration to Capitol Hill to say a brief lawmakers about the escalating tensions with Iran, afterwards, you can focus on the attempt to deter attacks and avoid war.
“Our biggest focus at this point is, in order to prevent the Iranian miscalculation,” Shanahan told reporters after the briefing. “We don’t want to escalate the situation. This is about deterrence, not war.”
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, said after the briefing: “Our efforts and our ultimate goal in the past few days was to deter Iran.”
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But some lawmakers, according to the briefing, said still concerned over the outbreak of a new war.
“We were lied to in regard to Iraq, allegedly with weapons of mass destruction,” said Vermont sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. “A war with Iran would be an absolute disaster, much worse than the war with Iraq. I hope people will say of this government that we are not at war in Iran.”
Other legislators said that the threats from Iran, there were certain to prevent the actions from the administration that attacks.
“The actions of the administration is totally reasonable,” the Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, he said after the Tuesday briefing, said the measures are intended to deter attacks by Iran.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.