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Trump: The US is sending 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East



  The US Navy's May 8, 2019, handout image shows how the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln, is replenished at sea by the fast USNS Arctic (T-AOE 9) combat support ship.

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The US deployed an aircraft carrier at the Gulf earlier this month

The US will send 1

,500 extra troops to the Middle East for "chiefly protective" reasons, as President Donald Trump has announced.

"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. [19659007] 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.

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Media Caption Paul Adams of the BBC examines recent developments behind US Iran tensions


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