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US will send 1,500 more troops to Middle East: Trump

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US said on Friday that his country will send about 1,500 additional troops to the amid escalating tension with

Trump told reporters at the that the extra deployment, which is "relatively small number of troops," is mainly a protective measure, the news agency reported.

"We'll see what happens," he added.

US Acting said later in the day that the has informed the about the new move.

Shanahan said in a tweet that he has approved the combatant commander's request to deploy approximately 1,500 additional troops and defensive capabilities to the to increase US force protection posture.

"This is a prudent response to credible threats from Iran," he added in the tweet.

Trump's decision came one day after he downplayed the likelihood of sending more American troops to the

"I don't think we're going to need them. I really don't," Trump told reporters at the

"I would certainly send troops if we need them," he added.

Trump also revealed on Thursday that a high-level meeting centreing on would be conducted at the later in the day.

and have been locked in a war of words over the past two weeks amid escalating tension that had been stoked up following America's military buildup in the Middle East.

has vowed to withstand the US "bullying policies."

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First Published: Sat, May 25 2019. 02:20 IST
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