Defense Dept. Official on Potentially Deploying More u.s. Troops to the Middle East.

December 6, 2019

We are evaluating the threat situations.

  • Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood spoke to Congress Thursday.
  • He affirmed 14,000 additional U.S. forces were sent to the Middle East this year to counter growing threats from Iran.
  • Rood did not specify how many more U.S. troops could deploy, but confirmed consideration of more forces being sent to the region.
  • Context: Upwards of 80,000 U.S. troops are deployed to the Middle East at any time.
  • Why It Matters: Reflects heightened concern about Iran after a series of attacks this year (bombing of an oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz and bombing of a Saudi oil company).

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