URGENT US deploys 1,000 more troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions
Washington, June 17, 2019 (AFP) - The United States said Monday it has
approved the deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, against
the backdrop of soaring tensions with Iran.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a statement the troops
were being sent "for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and
ground-based threats in the Middle East."
"The United States does not seek conflict with Iran," the statement said,
adding that the deployment aimed "to ensure the safety and welfare of our
military personnel working throughout the region and to protect our national