US to deploy 1,000 additional troops to Middle East

Washington, Jun 18 (IANS): The US government will deploy about 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid the ongoing tensions with Iran, Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan has announced.

"I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East," Xinhua news agency quoted Shanahan as saying in a statement on Monday.

The acting Pentagon chief noted that the deployment was requested by the US Central Command (CENTCOM) and advised by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in consultation with the White House.

Shanahan pointed out that the decision resulted from the "hostile behaviour" of the Iranian force, which "threatens US personnel and interests across the region".

The US does not seek conflict with Iran, he said, adding "we will continue to monitor the situation diligently and make adjustments to force levels as necessary given intelligence reporting and credible threats".

The deployment came after two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman on June 13. The US administration has accused Iran of being responsible for the attacks, and the latter has denied the allegation.

Meanwhile, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus announced on Monday at a press briefing that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit CENTCOM and US Special Operations Command in Florida on Tuesday.

"He will meet General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of Central Command, and General Richard Clarke, commander of Special Operations Command, to discuss regional security concerns and ongoing operations," said Ortagus.

Last month, the Pentagon announced its decision to send to the Middle East 1,500 US troops along with Patriot air defence systems, drones, and fighter jets, a move Shanahan called a "prudent response to credible threats from Iran".

Washington and Tehran have been locked in a war of words in recent weeks amid escalating tensions following America's military build-up in the Middle East.

Iran has vowed to withstand the US "bullying policies".

Many analysts are concerned that unintended incidents and miscalculations between Washington and Tehran might ultimately trigger military conflicts.


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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Tue, Jun 18 2019

    At the cost of Saudi Arabia and the bill could be in 100's of Million Dollars.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Tue, Jun 18 2019

    Nothing but publicity stunt by Trump.
    He tries to control/dominate the situation by some extra ordinary steps to scare the enemies and achieve the some good results. No ways, Iran will bow down or runs from the scene. Iran is not like Afghanistan or any banana republic to master USA domination. Iran too has arms, deadly military hardware, and equal number of world leaders/countries supporting them

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jun 18 2019

    Trump has told repeatedly that the Middle Eastern countries must fight their own wars.

    He is not interested.

    But the a few countries might want to host the 1,000 US troops - just to feel good. The hosts will pay a big fee, of course.

    So he sends 1,000 troops.

    But Trump will not get bogged down in another Middle Eastern war. He knows well that Iran is not an Iraq.

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  • Jhule Lal, Derebail

    Tue, Jun 18 2019

    Unless and until iran is destroyed saudi never keep calm. More of funds may be transfered to monkey once again...due to unsolved ongoing dispute between dog and cat. Saudi lost more money due to ongoing tension between all corners. If military arrives it means something is cooking...either to attack iran..or wants to monitor ships plying between arabian gulf.

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  • deepakraj, mang/dxb

    Tue, Jun 18 2019

    the situation in middles east can turn ugly anytime. So my advise not to keep any valuables and deposits in banks send everything back to india. Modi can send a war ship or plane to Fujairah- UAE once war starts we have to evacuate immediately.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 18 2019

    I wonder if USA is Jobless ...

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Tue, Jun 18 2019

    US is capable of creating both - jobs (for the armed forces) and business (for the manufacturers of arms and artillery).

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