The Pentagon intends to offer the White House to increase the number of troops in the Middle East. Earlier, the US sent a group of bombers, warships and a Patriot missile system to the region
The US Department of defense is exploring the possibility of sending up to 10,000 additional troops to the Middle East. The Pentagon intends to present the relevant plans to the White House on Thursday, May 23, several news agencies reported, citing unnamed officials familiar with the situation. According to them, this step is aimed at strengthening security in the region and is not a response to new threats from Iran.
The final decision has not yet been made, the officials emphasize. In addition, the Pentagon is discussing the proposed shipment to the region of anti-aircraft missile systems Patriot and additional ships.
The conflict between Tehran and Washington escalated after Iran refused to fulfill part of its obligations under the Joint comprehensive action plan, from which the US had previously unilaterally withdrawn. Tehran has given five members of the five plus one group 60 days to protect the country’s oil and banking sectors from United States sanctions.
The European Union, France, Germany, and the UK rejected these demands, and US President Donald Trump announced the introduction of new restrictive measures against Iran. They are directed against the mining and steel sectors of the economy of the Islamic Republic.
In May, Washington sent to the region of the Central Command of the US armed forces carrier strike group led by the aircraft carrier “Abraham Lincoln” and a tactical group of bombers, and later — the landing helicopter ship “Arlington” and anti-aircraft missile system Patriot. National security adviser to the President of the United States John Bolton noted that the United States “does not seek war with the Iranian regime,” but is ready to respond to any attack by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or regular troops of Iran.