US May Send Up To 10k Troops to Middle East, Officials Claim
By Staff, Agencies
The Pentagon is unveiling a plan Thursday that could see up to 10,000 more troops in the Middle East, according to US officials.
American officials speaking to various media outlets on Wednesday claimed that the White House is to decide whether to approve the plan to send all or just some of the requested forces, a figure some outlets put at 5,000.
According to the officials, deployment of additional forces has nothing to do with what Washington refers to as Iran’s “threat.”
The Pentagon will brief the White House on the plan on the heels of the Trump administration’s escalation of tensions with Tehran.
"As a matter of long-standing policy, we are not going to discuss or speculate on potential or alleged future operations or plans," said US Air Force Colonel Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.
US President Donald Trump resorted to blacklisting the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps [IRGC] in the wake of withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and tightening sanctions against Tehran.
Iran has time and again asserted that it is not seeking war but stands ready to defend its interests in the region.
Iran also downplayed Washington’s belligerent posture, ruling out the possibility of war with the US.
There were, meanwhile, reports that the US president is using legal loopholes to sell even more arms to Saudi Arabia amid tensions with the Islamic Republic.