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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The high U.S. protection official has offered an up to date military plan to President Donald Trump’s administration that envisions sending as much as 120,000 troops to the Middle East ought to Iran assault American forces or speed up work on nuclear weapons, the New York Times reported on Monday.
Citing unnamed administration officers, the Times mentioned Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan offered the plan at a gathering of Trump’s high safety aides on Thursday.
Reuters couldn’t instantly affirm the report.
The White House didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The Pentagon declined to remark.
Tensions between Iran and the United States have intensified since Trump pulled out of a 2015 worldwide deal to curb Iran’s nuclear actions and imposed more and more strict sanctions on Tehran.
Trump needs to drive Tehran to conform to a broader arms management accord and has despatched an plane service and B-52 bombers to the Gulf in a present of drive against what U.S. officers have mentioned are threats to U.S. troops within the area.
Iran has mentioned the U.S. is participating in “psychological warfare,” known as the U.S. military presence “a target” relatively than a menace and mentioned it won’t permit its oil exports to be halted.
The Times mentioned amongst these attending the Thursday assembly have been Trump’s nationwide safety adviser John Bolton, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford.
Several plans have been detailed, the Times mentioned, and “the uppermost option called for deploying 120,000 troops, which would take weeks or months to complete.”
Reporting by Mohammad Zargham and Eric Beech; Editing by Michael Perry