In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces and with the advice of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and after consulting the White House, I resolved about 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes, dealing with air, military and ground-based threats in the Middle East, "Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a statement.
"Recent Iranian attacks confirm the reliable and credible information we received about the hostile behavior of the Iranian forces and their proxies threatening United States personnel and interests in the region," said Shanahan, adding that "the US is not seeking a conflict with Iran ".
Shortly before announcing, the Pentagon has published a detailed set of photographs that say Iranian boats that are removing a mine from one of the two tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman on June 1
One US official says the deployment will include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft and missile defense to protect forces.
The news of additional troop deployments comes when the State Department announced on Monday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel Tuesday to the Command Center, which oversees the Middle East military operations.
A day earlier, Pompeo said the Trump administration is still considering military action against Iran.
"He has to stay in DC right now," said the official.
State Department spokeswoman Morgan Orthagus said on Monday that Pompeo will meet CENTCOM Commander General Kenneth McKenzie and General Richard Clark, Head of Special Operations Command, "to discuss regional security issues and operations."
President Donald Trump announced on May 24 that the Pentagon would have 1,500 more soldiers in the region as "mostly protective" force.
as tensions intensify Federica Mogerini announced on Monday that she is going to Washington to meet on Tuesday. As she called for peace, she quoted UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who recently said that the world could not afford a new crisis in the Middle East. "The utmost restraint and wisdom must be applied," Mogurini said.
Besides the United Kingdom, European governments have not repeated the US statement that Iran is behind the attack on the two tankers. "Here we have to be very, very careful," said one European diplomat. "I'm not saying I do not share their assessment," said the Trump administration's diplomat, "I just say we have not decided where we are, we're still collecting information." Iraqi ambassador to the United Kingdom Hamid Beidinejad denied allegations that Tehran is behind the tanker's attack in an exclusive interview with CNN's Christian Amanpour.
Iran continues to deny accusations in the United States
The White House would be "very sorry" to underestimate Iran if a military conflict occurs. Asked who else could be responsible for the tanker's attack, Bidenenejad pointed to other countries in the region, "who have invested a lot, billions and billions of dollars to prepare the United States for a military conflict with Iran."
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