Are thousands of US troops heading to Mideast?

U.S. Central Command has made a request for additional forces to the Middle East that will be presented to the White House Thursday, a U.S. official told ABC News.
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And first, that breaking news that could involve thousands of U.S. Troops. Tonight, there is new reporting that the Pentagon is drawing up plans for the white house that would call for sending up to 10,000 U.S. Troops to the northeast. An exact number has not been revealed. It comes amid those growing tensions with Iran. The U.S. Already ordering the uss Abraham Lincoln and its strike group to the region. President trump just days ago tweeting if Iran wants a fight it would be, quote, the official rend of Iran. Iran then tweeting back, an escalation of eric, and now that will involve U.S. Troops? ABC's Martha Raddatz leading us off. Reporter: Tonight, the associated press reporting the Pentagon is presenting plans to the white house to send up to 10,000 more American troops to the Middle East. Twice as many troops as are currently stationed in Iraq and Syria. It comes amid escalating tensions with Iran. The military already sending an aircraft carrier and b-52 bombers to the region to guard against a possible attack on American interests. President trump has said he doesn't want to go to war. Mr. President, are we going to war with Iran? I hope not. Reporter: One year after he pulled out of the Iranian nuclear deal, the president is now urging Iranian leaders to reach out to him. So, let's get right to Martha Raddatz with us live tonight. And Martha, you're hearing from your sources tonight this plan will be presented to the white house tomorrow? Reporter: It will, David. We know this request came from central command, which is responsible for the region, and that the troops would be used for defensive purposes, a deterrent to Iran, but it is unclear whether this president, who wanted to get out of the mideast would approve the request. David? Martha, thank you. We are also following another developing headline,

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