More US troops requested to deter Iran

A U.S. official said defensive capabilities and weapons systems are being requested, and the number of additional forces will depend on which capabilities are approved.
2:31 | 05/23/19

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We get the latest on rising tension in the Middle East and what could be a dramatic increase in U.S. Forces to the region. The Pentagon expected to present a plan to the white house today for sending up to 10,000 more troops as a counter to Iran. Our chief global affairs anchor, Martha Raddatz, tracking them from Washington. Reporter: This could result in thousands more U.S. Forces in the mideast and with them an almost certain increase in tensions with Iran which are already red hot. U.S. Officials tell ABC news that the Pentagon will present the request for more forces at the white house today. The request was made by the military's central command responsible for the region. One official saying the request could result in five to 10,000 more troops which would be used for defensive purposes as a deterrent to Iran. The president on Monday calling Iran very hostile and the number one provocateur of terror. We have no indication that anything has happened or will happen but if it does it will be met obviously with great force. We'll have no choice. Reporter: Already they sent b-52 bombers to the region and evacuated non-emergency personnel from diplomatic facilities in Iraq because of what the administration said were significant threats from Iran or its proxies. Officials say images show Iranian operatives had loaded cruise missiles onto small boats and the U.S. Pointed the finger at Iran for the recent sabotage of four oil tankers off the uae but after a briefing Tuesday by national security officials, some members of congress voiced skepticism. This is blind escalation with the hope that the Iranians will come to the table in the end. It doesn't seem like well thought out policies. Reporter: President trump has said he does not want war are Juan but Iran may have a hard time believing that, George, if there is a significant increase in troop -- If he does approve it, what kind of forces are we talking about? Where might they go? That's unclear. If the forces that may mean additional carriers or weapons or ships and the troops needed to operate systems, what we do know is the Pentagon has made a point of saying this would be for defensive measures. Likely to know more today. Thanks, Amy. To the white house now and

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