Posted by Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
The U.S. announced Monday that they are preparing to send 1,000 troops to the Middle East as tensions with Iran continue to increase.
The announcement from acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan comes after the U.S. blamed Iran for the attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. Iran has denied responsibility for the attacks, but video and photo evidence from the incident appears to support the United States’ version of events, Daily Caller reports.
Statement From Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan on Additional Forces to U.S. Central Command
In response to a request from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East.
The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region.
The United States does not seek conflict with Iran. The action today is being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of our military personnel working throughout the region and to protect our national interests. We will continue to monitor the situation diligently and make adjustments to force levels as necessary given intelligence reporting and credible threats.
Iran has increasingly escalated tensions with the U.S. since President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal last year, threatening to destroy the U.S., and “all that you posses.”
#BREAKING Latest images from US military show better view of what appears to be Iran #IRGC on fast attack craft approaching damaged tanker, removing limpet mine. Damage appears to be clearly made by limpet mine, weapon used by #Iran in past. pic.twitter.com/i6PNQgGUGX
— Carla Babb (@CarlaBabbVOA) June 17, 2019
In recent months, tensions between the two adversarial nations have reached a fever pitch, with Iranian lawmakers opening a session of Parliament in April with chants of “death to America,” after the Trump administration announced increased sanctions the day before.
Earlier Monday, Iran once again threatened to increase their uranium enrichment, a clear violation of the 2015 agreement which is still in effect in much of Europe and several other nations across the globe.
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