Pentagon to send 1,000 more U.S. troops to the Middle East

Images apparently showing damage to vessel, and what US says is Iranian Revolutionary Guards

The Pentagon announced it will send more than 1,000 additional U.S. troops to the Middle East after recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman have increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

U.S. Central Command Chief General Frank McKenzie requested the deployment, which comes after 1,500 troops were sent to the region late last month after similar attacks took place.

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said the recent “hostile behavior” of Iranian forces threatens U.S. “personnel and interests across the region.”

The U.S. has implicated Iran in last week’s attacks, but Iran continues to deny having any involvement, saying the accusations are “unfounded.”

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