US may send up to 10k troops to Middle East: Officials

The Pentagon is unveiling a plan Thursday that could see up to 10,000 more troops in the Middle East, US officials claim.

US officials speaking to various media outlets on Wednesday said the White House is to decide whether to approve the plan to send all or just some of the requested forces, a figure some outlets put ath 5,000.

According to the officials, deployment of additional forces has nothing to do with what Washington refers to as Iran’s “threat.”

The Pentagon will brief the White House on the plan on the heels of the Trump administration’s escalation of tensions with Tehran.

“As a matter of long-standing policy, we are not going to discuss or speculate on potential or alleged future operations or plans,” said US Air Force Colonel Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

President Donald Trump has resorted to blacklisting the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in the wake of withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and tightening sanctions against Tehran.

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