AFP: US deploys 1,000 more troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions18 June 2019 | 01:50 | FOCUS News Agency
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a statement the troops were being sent "for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East."
"The United States does not seek conflict with Iran," the statement said, adding that the deployment aimed "to ensure the safety and welfare of our military personnel working throughout the region and to protect our national interests."
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