Report: Trump considering sending 14,000 more troops to the Middle East

The Trump administration is weighing an expansion of the U.S. military presence in the Middle East with 14,000 more troops and dozens of ships, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing U.S. officials.

President Trump has long advocated reducing U.S. involvement in foreign conflicts, but the officials said that on the advice of Israel and aides, he wants to counter the threat posed by Iran.

The deployment would be designed to respond to any retaliation by Iran to renewed sanctions.

Iran already has been blamed for several recent attacks, including one on Saudi oil facilities, although Tehran has denied involvement.

The U.S. sent 14,000 troops to the region in May.

There are currently 60,000 to 80,000 U.S. troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

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