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Top Pentagon officials, head to the White house for a critical national security meeting on Iran, Lucas Tomlinson reports.
The Pentagon has learned on Thursday presented their proposals to the White house at a meeting to send military reinforcements to the Middle East to beef up defenses against Iran amid heightened tensions in the region, Fox News.
Meanwhile, in comments broadcast by Iranian state media, major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, stated that the United States invited to an “arrogant and Pharaonic threat” , “all Iranians, enter the fields of jihad, and alert, and the mobilization of more power.”
“Our hands are on the trigger and we are added prepared to destroy all attackers and greedy eyes against the Islamic Iran,” Baqueri.
Acting Minister of defence, Patrick Shanahan told reporters the defense Department has not yet decided how many troops are sent to reinforce the existing U.S. military presence in the region.
He denied reports that the Pentagon is proposing to send up to 10,000 soldiers. He said, reported under certain figures are “correct,” but he would not say whether this figure was taking into account higher or lower.
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“There is no 10,000, and there is no 5,000. This is not right,” Shanahan said, explaining that these characters were not proposed.
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)
“What we are concentrating now on the right-hand side, we have the right protection for the troops in the Middle East,” he added, referring to defensive forces. “There is also the transmission of additional troops can.”
He said he was in regular contact with Marine Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the Central Command chief, to the design of the U.S. force presence in the middle East with potential Iranian threats in mind.
Asked whether the United States conflicts contrary to provoke with Iran, Shanahan, the Pentagon has focused on the deterrence of Iran.
“Well, my response is, I think, you have to have the same sensitivity as all of us, and that is that we want to have the risk of Iranian miscalculation,” said Shanahan. “I think these are fair comments. Our task is deterrence. This is not about the war. We have a mission in the Middle East.”
Some of these additional forces could also Boot more warships in the region, with the Marines, more Patriot systems the US army brigades (consisting of around 4,000 troops), or a cruise-missile submarine, as the USS Florida, the more than150 Tomahawk cruise missiles.
“Our hands are on the trigger and we are prepared to destroy all attackers and greedy eyes against the Islamic Iran.”
— The Iranian Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri
The USS Florida was last seen in the Bay of Souda, Greece for two months on a naval weapons base, where bombs and missiles are stored. In 2011, USS Florida, more than 90 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired into Libya.
It is not clear whether the White house would send to agree, to be proposed to all the troops, from the Pentagon, regardless of the number. Officials said the proposed troop reinforcements are a response to a new threat from Iran, but on the strengthening of the security for the U.S. forces already in the region. They said the troops would be defensive forces, and the discussions are additional Patriot systems, more ships, and strengthened efforts to monitor Iran.
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The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans have not been announced officially.
At the Thursday meeting comes as tensions with Iran continue to simmer. Any decision to send further troops in the Middle East would be stressed signal a shift from President Trump, who has again and again, the need to reduce America’s troop presence in the region.
In this 3. June, 2011, file photo, the Pentagon, seen from the air, from Air Force One. Nearly two dozen progressive groups are launching a new push to convince Democratic presidential to support candidates, drastic spending cuts at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Thursday to trump the assessment of force posture in the region “every day was said.”
“We are evaluating the risks, to ensure that we do it right,” he said, “Fox and friends”.
U.S. officials have provided few details about possible Iranian threats, but hinted that boats first involved missiles to be loaded onto small Iranian. This week, officials said the missiles were removed, the boats near Iran’s coast, but also other maritime threats.
Sending more troops could also ask on Capitol Hill. During the back-to-back briefings for the house and the Senate are closed on Tuesday, defense leaders and Congress officials, the US said do not want to go to war with Iran, and wants to de-escalate the situation.
Pompeo and Shanahan said of the legislature of the United States seeks to deter, not to provoke Iran, while accusing Tehran of threatening US interests in the middle East. Shanahan told reporters, “Our biggest focus at this point is to prevent Iranian miscalculation.”
Many in Congress are skeptical of the administration, the approach in Iran to question whether it could lead to answers to important new Iranian threat or escalation of a situation, in the war.
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The Trump management was evacuated nonessential personnel from Iraq, in the midst of unknown threats, the administration said, are linked, Iranian-backed militias in the country.
n this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo, released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Supreme leader, the Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks at a meeting in Tehran, Iran. (Office of the Iranian Supreme leader via AP, file)
On Sunday, a rocket to the heavily fortified Green Zone was fired, in Baghdad, the landing less than a mile from the sprawling U.S. Embassy. There are no injuries and no group gave up the responsibility, but the rocket was probably fired were from the East-Baghdad — home to the Iran-supported Shiite militias.
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Some Democrats say Trump is responsible for the drawing of the Iran’s ire. Last year, he was abruptly the United States pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, negotiated during the Obama administration to prevent Iran from nuclear weapons production, behavior without the need for a coherent strategy for the anti-Iranian, such as support for extremist organizations.
He also has punishing sanctions that crippled Tehran’s economy, and referred to Iran’s revolutionary guards as a foreign terrorist organization in April.
“I have issued no strategy,” said Democrat Rep. Abigail clamping Berger, of Virginia, a former CIA officer. She said that she finds many in the administration to the recent statements on Iran “deeply troubling.”
On Wednesday, Iran’s Supreme leader publicly chastised by the country’s moderate President and foreign Minister, says that he powers not agree with the implementation of the in 2015 the nuclear deal that you negotiated was with the world.
The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, for the first time, he criticized both politicians who came up with the name, a year after Washington his resignation from the agreement.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.