The President of the United States, Donald Trump, announced this Friday (24.05.2019), which has decided to send 1,500 militaries to the Middle East as a «protective» measure for US forces deployed in the region, owing to increasing tension with Iran.
«We’re going to send a relatively small number of troops» from «people with a lot of talent to the Middle East,» Trump told reporters before taking off heading for Japan. The President indicated that the deployment will be «especially for protection purposes», and concretized that they will be «around 1,500 people».
«Things are going to go very well in the Middle East (…). I don’t think Iran wants to fight, and I don’t think they want to fight with us, but they can’t have nuclear weapons, «he added.
Trump approved the sending of new troops after meeting Thursday at the White House with his national security team, including the Secretary of Defense in office, Patrick Shanahan, who publicly acknowledged before the meeting that the Pentagon was posing Deploy more soldiers in the region. Some local media ensured that the numbers handled by the Department of Defense would oscillate between 5,000 and 10,000 soldiers, but Shanahan categorically denied those numbers.
The U.S. has already deployed thousands of soldiers from the Central command of the Armed Forces (CentCom) in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and Trump did not specify which countries will host the new troops.
Rising tensions between Washington and Tehran
The tension has increased this month between Iran and the U.S. in the Persian Gulf, where Washington has already deployed the amphibious assault ship USS Arlington, Patriot missiles, the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and bombers, after reporting that it had detected «signs» of Iranian offensive plans against their forces in the Middle East.
Some US legislators have warned that the increase in military presence in the vicinity of Iran could lead to an uncontrolled escalation that could result in a new armed conflict, a possibility that the Pentagon rejects.
«Our job is deterrence, this is not about wars. We have a mission in the Middle East: freedom of navigation, the fight against terrorism in Syria and Iraq, the defeat of Al Qaeda in Yemen; And the security of Israel and Jordan, «said Shanahan this Thursday.