Pentagon considers sending 7,000 additional troops to Middle East

by Jordyn Pair · Dec 6th, 2019 8:28 am
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Last Updated Dec 6th, 2019 at 11:24 am

The Pentagon is considering sending up to 7,000 additional troops to the Middle East to combat an increasing threat from Iran, two U.S. defense officials told Fox News.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has "not made any decision," according to the Pentagon's top policy adviser.

"We're watching this situation where the Iranians both have conducted attacks in recent months, and we are concerned about the threat stream that we are seeing," John Rood, the undersecretary of defense for policy, said during Senate Armed Services Committee testimony on Thursday after being asked about the threat from Iran.

Rood also answered positively when Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) asked if the Pentagon would consider deploying more troops to the Middle East.

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