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Wednesday Edition: A plan for a troop increase in the Middle-East

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Wednesday Edition: A plan for a troop increase in the Middle-East
By Samuel Wonacott • Issue #53 • View online

The Takeaway: Pentagon readies plan to send thousands of troops to Middle-East
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As the atmosphere in the Gulf turns increasingly parlous, the consequence of a game of brinksmanship playing out between the United States and Iran, the Pentagon is expected to brief the White House Thursday on a plan to send a contingent of up to 10,000 troops to the Middle-East.
The plan, first reported by the Associated Press, is not, according to U.S. officials, a reaction to any new threats by Iran, and would be purely defensive in nature.
It’s not known if President Trump will be present at the meeting, though his approval would be necessary to send thousands of troops halfway around the world.
Trump has insisted he doesn’t want a war with Iran, but his attitude—sometimes diplomatic, sometimes threatening—has shifted by the day.
In other defense-related news today, the Pentagon confirmed it investigates UFO sightings.
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