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Trump approves additional deployment to Mideast to counter Iran

President Donald Trump has given his approval to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to deploy additional military resources to the Persian Gulf region to deter Iranian threats, according a senior US official.


Pentagon to increase military deployments in Middle East amid rising tensions with Iran

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said additional deployments might be required to protect U.S. interests in the Middle East, amid 'credible' threat from Iran.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Shanahan: US could send additional troops to the Middle East

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said the US is considering sending additional troops to the Middle East to "enhance force protection" amid tensions with Iran.
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Pentagon proposing troop buildup in the Mideast, sources say

By LOLITA C. BALDOR and ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON — The Pentagon today will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats , U.S. officials said. The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it’s not clear if the White House would approve sending all or just some of the requested forces. Officials said the move is not in response to any new threat from Iran but is aimed at reinforc...
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Shanahan Memo Restricts Info Pentagon Can Give To Congress, Causing Tension

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan sent out a memo earlier this month restricting the information officials at the Pentagon can give congressional members, straining the relationship between the two bodies. According to the Washington Post, there has been bipartisan anger in reaction to the memo, as both Democrats and Republicans insist that a lack of information prevents them from doing their jobs. The memo was reportedly spurred by concerns that congressional members cannot be truste...
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Pentagon to present Trump with plans to send 10,000 extra troops to Middle East

The Pentagon expected on Thursday to present the White House with plans to send up to 10,000 extra troops to the Middle East to bolster forces against potential threats from Iran, officials said.The morning meeting between defence chiefs and Trump administration officials comes as tensions continue to simmer with Tehran.Any move to deploy more forces would signal a shift for Donald Trump, who has repeatedly emphasised the need to reduce the US presence in the region. It’s unclear whether the Whi...


Pentagon to put up shelter for at least 7,500 migrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it will build temporary shelter at the U.S.-Mexican border for at least 7,500 adult migrants who have been turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. The Pentagon announced Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security made the request, and it was approved by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. […]
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Lawmakers slam Trump's pick for defense secretary over new oversight policy

The senior Democrat and Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee criticized acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan over a new policy which they say seeks to limit congressional oversight of the Pentagon.
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How real is Iran threat? Democrats fear Trump administration using intel to justify conflict

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday briefed members of the House and Senate behind closed doors.


Trump's National Security Team Briefs Congress On Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan gave closed briefings on Tuesday to the full House and Senate on the situation with Iran.
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Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego Weighs In On Iran Intel Briefing

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., about Tuesday's briefing from Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on threats from Iran.
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How real is Iran threat? Democrats fear Trump administration using intel to justify conflict

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday briefed members of the House and Senate behind closed doors.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Iran 'threat' has diminished, says US defense secretary

Patrick Shanahan credits US show of forceRemarks appear to be a sign tension is easing This handout picture released by the US navy shows an F/A-18E Super Hornet landing on the flight deck of the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Gulf. Photograph: MC3 Jeff Sherman/AFP/Getty Images The acting US defence secretary has claimed that the alleged threat from Iran has receded as the result of an American show of force in the Middle East. “We’ve put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans,” P...
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Iran 'threat' has diminished, says US defense secretary

Patrick Shanahan credits US show of forceRemarks appear to be a sign tension is easingThe acting US defence secretary has claimed that the alleged threat from Iran has receded as the result of an American show of force in the Middle East.“We’ve put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans,” Patrick Shanahan told reporters before briefing Congress on the situation in the Persian Gulf and the military deployments that the US said were a response to a danger of imminent attack. Continue readi...
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US lawmakers clash on Iran intelligence before briefing

US lawmakers clashed Monday over intelligence on Iran, with an ally of President Donald Trump accusing Tehran of provocations that could draw a military response, ahead of a classified briefing on the tensions. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, will head Tuesday to the US Capitol to apprise lawmakers from both chambers on the latest developments, an administration official said. Senior officials already briefed a ke...
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It Would Be a Big Mistake: Don't Trade 'New' F-15s for F-35s

If funding falls and the Air Force must choose between non-stealthy F-15Xs and stealthy F-35s, the flying branch might pick the longer-lasting F-15Xs, Duckworth said. That could undermine the F-35 program, she warned.The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on March 4, 2019 questioned the U.S. Air Force's proposal to buy new F-15Xs from Boeing starting in 2020.Sen. Jim Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, and ranking member Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, asked how the Air Force could ju...
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Donald Trump: 'If Iran wants to fight, that will be the end of Iran'

The US is "afraid" of war with Iran, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard said as tensions between Tehran and Washington intensified over the weekend. Major General Hossein Salami told the Iranian state news agency, IRNA, that the country does not want war. "The difference between us and them is that they are afraid of war and don't have the will for it," he said. His remarks came against a backdrop of increased volatility in the region, with the US sending an aircraft carrier strike g...
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Iran Pits The Machiavellian Pompeo Against Policy Ideologue Bolton

Discussions on how to deal with Iran have thrown two of President Donald Trump’s top advisers on the issue into stark relief. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is the perennial politician, a yes man looking out for his own career future, versus National Security Adviser John Bolton, a man at the end of his career who’s aggressively pushing his own vision. According to a Politico report, Pompeo tries to carry out Trump’s foreign policy vision, never one to push back or ruffle his feathers. Bolton...
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Trump Told Defense Head He Doesn’t Want To Go To War With Iran

President Donald Trump told acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan this week that he didn’t want to go to war with Iran, according to a Thursday New York Times report. Despite saber-rattling by Trump administration officials like National Security Adviser John Bolton and State Secretary Mike Pompeo, Trump made it clear to Shanahan that he doesn’t want to escalate conflict with Iran into full-blown war. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Trump was getting irritated with Bolton a...
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Trump declares national emergency 'over Huawei' amid accusations he is risking 'devastating' conflict with Iran

Donald Trump has been accused of “playing a very dangerous game” with Iran and risking dragging the US into a new war in the Middle East that could have “devastating” consequences.The warning came from Hamid Baeidinejad, Iran’s ambassador to the UK, with the acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan tabling plans to send 120,000 troops to the region if needed as tensions soar between the two nations over economic sanctions and an increased American military presence in the Persian Gulf.A comm...
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How Donald Trump May Push America into a War with Iran

Is the Trump administration readying war plans against Iran? Somebody certainly wants us to think so. The question is who, and for what purpose?The bombshell New York Times article detailed an updated military plan that was presented by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan last week. The plan called for up to 120,000 U.S. troops to be deployed to the Persian Gulf region “should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons.” This is cause for alarm. But the plan apparent...
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Trump's attempts to rally allies against Iran falls flat with UK official who says there's no threat

As the Trump administration draws up war plans against Iran over what it says are threats to US troops and interests, a senior British military official told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday that he saw no increased risk from Iran or allied militias in Iraq or Syria.A few hours later, the US Central Command issued an unusual rebuke. The remarks from the British official — Major General Chris Ghika, who is also the deputy commander of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State — run “cou...
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US close to 'dangerous military confrontation', warns senior Iranian diplomat

America is getting “dragged into a dangerous military confrontation” with Iran by an alliance of malign states in the Middle East and hawks in the Trump administration, one of Tehran’s most senior diplomats has charged as tensions continue to rise in the region.The leaders of Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the US President’s National Security Advisor were singled by the Iranian ambassador to Britain as those supposedly attempting to orchestrate a conflict.The accusation...
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Trump Says He Would ‘Absolutely’ Send 120K Troops to Middle East in Response to Iranian Aggression

President Trump denied Monday that his administration has devised a plan to deploy as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East in response to Iranian aggression, but admitted that he would be willing to do just that under certain circumstances.The New York Times reported Monday evening that acting secretary of defense Patrick Shanahan presented a plan to top national-security aides last week that called for deploying tens of thousands of troops to the Middle East in the event that Iran attacked...
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Trump denies U.S. plan to send 120,000 troops to counter Iran threat

President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied a New York Times report that U.S. officials were discussing a military plan to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter any attack or nuclear weapons acceleration by Iran. The Times reported that Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated plan last week in a meeting of top national security aides that envisions sending as many as 120,000 American troops to the region if Iran attacks U.S. forces or accelerates work on it...
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NYT: White House reviews plan that would send up to 120,000 US troops to Middle East

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented a military plan at a meeting of top national security officials last week that would send as many as 120,000 US troops to the Middle East in the event that Iran strikes American forces in the region or speeds up its development of nuclear weapons, The New York Times reported Monday.
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NYT: White House reviews plan to send 120,000 US troops to Middle East

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented a military plan at a meeting of top national security officials last week that would send as many as 120,000 US troops to the Middle East in the event that Iran strikes American forces in the region or speeds up its development of nuclear weapons, The New York Times reported Monday.
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Trump administration planning Iran military response that echoes Iraq invasion

At a meeting of President Donald Trump’s top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack US forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons, administration officials said.The revisions were ordered by hard-liners led by John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national security adviser. It does not call for a land invasion of Iran, which would require vastly ...
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Trump considering plan to send 120,000 troops to Middle East as Iran tensions heighten, report suggests

The Trump administration is reportedly considering a plan to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks US forces or accelerates its work on nuclear weapons.Citing unnamed administration officials, The New York Times reported that acting defence secretary Patrick Shanahan presented the plan at a meeting last week of Donald Trump's top security aides. The request for military options from the Pentagon was ordered by White House hardliners led by the president's national ...
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White House reviews military plans against Iran: New York Times

The top U.S. defense official has presented an updated military plan to President Donald Trump's administration that envisions sending up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons, the New York Times reported on Monday. Citing unnamed administration officials, the Times said Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented the plan at a meeting of Trump's top security aides on Thursday. The White House did not immediately r...
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