U.S. may send additional troops to Middle East – The Nation Newspaper

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The United States is currently considering deploying more troops to the Middle East, acting Secretary of Defence Pat Shanahan said on Thursday, declining to give specific numbers.

“There is no 10,000 and there is no 5,000. That is not accurate,’’ Shanahan said, rejecting press reports that had given details on the number of troops that may be deployed amid heightened tensions with Iran.

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When pressed by reporters, he added: “It may involve sending additional troops.”

He said that the Pentagon was responding to requests by commanders in the field.

U.S. forces are carrying out a range of missions in different countries in the region, including in nations neighbouring Iran and in its rivals.

He said that the U.S. is focused on what he described as “force protection in the Middle East” and that “our job is deterrence, this is not about war,” echoing remarks he made earlier in the week.

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“We want to avoid the risk of Iranian miscalculation,’’ Shanahan said. (dpa/NAN)

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