As tensions with the United States and Iran continue to come to a head, an additional 1,000 troops will be sent to the Middle East. The decision was made after Iran attacked a Japanese oil tanker and the attempted shooting of an American drone that was sent to check out the damage. The State Department has released photographic evidence that shows Iran was responsible for the attack.
According to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan:
In response to a request from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East.
The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region.
The United States does not seek conflict with Iran. The action today is being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of our military personnel working throughout the region and to protect our national interests. We will continue to monitor the situation diligently and make adjustments to force levels as necessary given intelligence reporting and credible threats.