Pentagon Rejects U.S. Mulling 14,000 More Troops for Mideast

Pentagon Rejects U.S. Mulling 14,000 More Troops for Mideast

Washington (AFP)– The Pentagon on Wednesday denied a report that the United States was weighing sending up to 14,000 more soldiers to the Middle East in the face of a viewed threat from Iran.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the possible deployment would consist of “lots” more ships and double the number of troops contributed to the US force in the area because the start of this year, pointing out unnamed US authorities.

The paper stated President Donald Trump could decide on the troop boost as early as this month.

However the Pentagon disputed the precision of the report.

” To be clear, the reporting is incorrect. The U.S. is ruling out sending out 14,000 additional soldiers to the Middle East,” spokeswoman Alyssa Farah tweeted.

The area has seen a series of attacks on shipping vessels and a drone and rocket attack on Saudi oil installations in September blamed on Iran.

Washington has already ratcheted up its military presence in the Gulf and expanded financial sanctions on Tehran, raising stress across the region.

In mid-November the United States aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln cruised through the Strait of Hormuz in a show of force aimed at assuring allies stressed over the Iran danger.

In October Defense Secretary Mark Esper revealed that two fighter squadrons and extra rocket defense batteries were being sent to Saudi Arabia, for a total of about 3,000 brand-new soldiers.

Earlier Wednesday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated the nation was willing to go back to the negotiating table over its nuclear program if the United States initially drops sanctions, which have actually obstructed the country’s economy and might have contributed to current domestic turmoil stimulated by fuel cost walkings.

Speaking at a defense conference in Manama, Bahrain on November 23, General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of United States Central Command, stated the US does not have all the resources it needs to cover the Middle East area.

” There is a great deal of water to cover. Put simply, we do not have enough resources to be where we wish to be in the best numbers all the time,” he informed the yearly Manama Discussion on regional security.

But McKenzie rebuffed criticism that Washington has actually been disengaging from the area.

” We have a carrier in the theatre, we have actually enhanced Saudi Arabia,” he said.

” So I’m unsure I would agree with the narrative of abandonment or a narrative of leaving.”

” Plainly the United States has various international top priorities and this is most likely not the greatest international top priority, but I believe it stays a really important thing for the United States,” he included.

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