The US Department of defense presented to the President of the country Donald Trump a plan of military counteraction to Iran, which involves sending up to 120 thousand us troops to the Middle East. This is with reference to sources in the military Department reports The New York Times.
Such a measure is expected if Iran attacks US forces in the region or accelerate work on nuclear weapons. It is reported that Patrick Shanahan, acting head of the Pentagon, personally presented the plan to the President.
In May, assistant to US President for national security John Bolton said that US side will send to the shores of Iran aircraft carrier “Abraham Lincoln” and a group of bombers. This will be a response to the alarming actions by Iran aimed at aggravating relations, he added.
On April 8, Iran recognized the Central command of the US army as a terrorist organization and equated all US military in the Middle East to terrorists.
Before that, Trump confirmed that his administration plans to recognize the IRGC (an elite unit of the Iranian army) as a terrorist organization.
Relations between the US and Iran deteriorated after Trump announced in early May 2018 Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal in 2015 and the resumption of sanctions against Tehran. A new package of US restrictive measures against Iran came into force in November. Sanctions include a ban on oil exports, as well as apply to industry, trade, and operations of the Central Bank in dollars.