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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.”

‘No indication of Iran threat,’ Trump admits

‘No indication of Iran threat,’ Trump admitsUS President Donald Trump says he is willing to engage in negotiations with Iran “if they are ready” amid Washington’s unilateral pressure against Tehran.

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.

PressTV-Zarif: US playing dangerous game by militarizing region

PressTV-Zarif: US playing dangerous game by militarizing regionIran’s Foreign Minister Zarif says the US is “playing a very, very dangerous game” by building up its military presence in the region.

Iran has time and again asserted that it is not seeking war but stands ready to defend its interests in the region.

Iran has played down Washington’s belligerent posture, ruling out the possibility of war between the US and Iran.

There were, meanwhile, reports that the US president is using legal loopholes to sell even more arms to Saudi Arabia amid tensions with Iran.

PressTV-US pursues Iranophobia to milk Arabs: Iran cmdr.

PressTV-US pursues Iranophobia to milk Arabs: Iran cmdr.The Iranian Army commander-in-chief says the US pursues a policy of Iranophobia to milk the Arab countries of the region.

“I am hearing that Trump may use an obscure loophole in the Arms Control Act and notice a major new sale of bombs to Saudi Arabia (the ones they drop in Yemen) in a way that would prevent Congress from objecting. Could happen this week,” warned Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Trump has been a staunch supporter of the monarchy despite its gross violation of human rights as well as the incessant bombing of the impoverished Yemen.

source: PT

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