US Sends More Troops to Middle East
US Commits More Troops As Tensions with Iran Rise
The US will deploy 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East as tensions with Iran continue to rise after recent attacks on two oil tankers, which the US claims were carried out by Iranian forces.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced the new troop deployment in a statement Monday, saying US Central Command (CENTCOM) requested the forces “for defensive purposes to address air, naval and ground-based threats in the Middle East.”
Warfare.Today has the full text of the Acting Defense Secretary’s statement:
June 17, 2019
Statement From Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan on Additional Forces to U.S. Central Command
In response to a request from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East.
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.
The United States does not seek conflict with Iran. The action today is being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of our military personnel working throughout the region and to protect our national interests. We will continue to monitor the situation diligently and make adjustments to force levels as necessary given intelligence reporting and credible threats.