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"We want protection in the Middle East," he told reporters Friday. He described the recent deployment as "relatively small".
Congress was informed about the plans.
Tensions between the US and Iran increased this month, and America sent an aircraft carrier to the region.  The US has also sent more aircraft to the Gulf in recent days. Officials said there was a threat of Iran-backed forces in Iraq.
However, President Donald Trump said Thursday he did not believe there would be more troops.
"I do not think we'll need it," he told reporters. I would definitely send troops if we needed them.