Trump considering 14000 more troops for Middle East

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2019

After the hearing on Thursday, the press secretary reiterated her assertion that the Department of Defense is, "not considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East at this time". According to the USA officials, Trump is reportedly convinced of the need to counter an alleged threat his aides say the Islamic republic purportedly poses. [The Department of Defense] will always stand ready to respond to future actions by our adversaries if and when they arise, but the Pentagon is not considering sending 14,000 troops to CENTCOM.

"This report is false", Esper concluded.

United States officials may send more military assets to the Middle East, including Navy ships and up to 14,000 troops, in order to push back against Iran, according to The Wall Street Journal. The United States has deployed 14,000 troops there in the last six months.

Testifying before Congress, John Rood, the under secretary of defense for policy, said the USA was "observing Iran's behavior with concern".


ROOD: Um. I believe her statement was we're not considering 14,000 troops.

The US acknowledged Thursday it turned into pondering deploying unusual forces to counter the strategic risk Iran poses within the Middle East, with an superior asserting some 5,000 to 7,000 troops could well head to the put of dwelling.

The additional U.S. service members would follow the 14,000 troops who were deployed to the region in May "for the objective of defence of our interests and assets in the region and also to reestablish deterrence with respect to Iran in the wake of an attack on Saudi Arabia", senior USA officials said previously.

He said he was not directly contradicting Farah's statement.


"Based on what we're seeing with concerns to the threat picture, it is possible that we would need to adjust our force posture". USA troops in the region were said to have been bracing for potential attacks. She also retweeted a post by an ABC reporter who wrote: "It seems to me that John Rood just acknowledged in a roundabout way to Sen".

Iran is believed to possess the largest and most diverse ballistic missile arsenal in the Middle East, according to USA intelligence assessments, with a substantial inventory of close-, short- and medium-range missiles that can strike targets throughout the region.

A Pentagon spokesperson declined to comment on the report to AFP.

The Pentagon is reportedly considering deploying as many as 14,000 additional US troops to the Middle East in order to confront the alleged threat posed by Iran, a move critics said would further expose the hollowness of President Donald Trump's vow to end America's perpetual wars.


Brian Hook, the State Department's special representative for Iran, said today that the agency would apply sanctions against two major prisons holding the demonstrators, and would offer a $15 million reward for information on the Yemen-based commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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