US considering plan to send 120k troops to Middle East in response to Iran

U.S. Army Pfc. Troy Zaleski, assigned to the East Africa Response Force (EARF), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, takes position on the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti during a deployment response exercise, in Djibouti City, Djibouti, March 24, 2019. The EARF provides a broad range of rapidly deployable military capabilities to protect American interests on the African continent should any threat arise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Thomas Grimes)

As many as 120,000 US troops could be in their way to the Middle East, according to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

The troop surge, If implemented, would provide enough force to deliver a blow to Iran, who has,been ramping up nuclear operations and rattling sabres against US troops in the area.

The plan was concocted in part by President Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton, though Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats were all present.

According to CNN, there is no plan to invade Iran at this time, though the troop numbers are close to those deployed for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

One US official, when asked if the US would strike nuclear facilities if Iran attempts to weaponize their nuclear material, said “The President has been very clear that when the security of the American people are threatened, all options are on the table.”

The strategy comes only days after B-52 bombers and the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group were sent to the area.

The air and sea task force was sent to the region in response to threats against nearby American troops and the possibility that Iran would back out of the nuclear deal.

The situation is ongoing.

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