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US to send 1,000 extra troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions | ITV News

The Pentagon is sending around 1,000 additional American troops to the Middle East, as commanders try to bolster security for forces and allies in the region from what authorities say is a growing threat from Iran.

Officials said the deployment includes security forces and troops for additional surveillance and intelligence gathering in the region.

The increased troop announcement comes on top of 1,500 extra announced by President Donald Trump last month.

The troops are part of a broader military package of options that were initially laid out to US leaders late last month, totalling as many as 10,000 forces, Patriot missile batteries, aircraft and ships.

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