DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were “defensive purposes,” citing concerns about a threat from Iran.
“The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region,” Shanahan said in a statement.
The article goes on to state the following:
Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since last Thursday when two oil tankers were attacked, more than a year after President Donald Trump announced Washington was withdrawing from a 2015 nuclear deal.
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— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 17, 2019
BREAKING : US – #Iran Standoff
• Rocket attack on joint US-Iraq Taji base, N Baghdad
• 3 Katyushas, no casualties
• US sending MORE troops to MidEst
• US releases close-up Photos claim to show IRGC Near Japanese tank
• Iran Asks US to leave Region https://t.co/EbmHiAGCfI
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) June 17, 2019
— ABC News (@ABC) June 17, 2019
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