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Trump denies plan to send 120,000 US troops to counter Iran threat

May 15, 2019 10:38 A.M. (Updated: May 19, 2019 2:03 P.M.)
WASHINGTON (Ma'an) -- United States President Donald Trump denied a New York Times report that US officials were discussing a military plan to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter any attacks or nuclear weapons acceleration by Iran, on Tuesday.

According to the Reuters news outlet, Trump told reporters at the White House, in Washington D.C., “I think it’s fake news, OK? Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that.”

He added, “Hopefully, we’re not going to have to plan for that and if we did that, we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that.”

The New York Times news outlet reported that US Acting Defense Secretary, Patrick Shanahan, presented an updated plan last week that envisioned sending up to 120,000 US troops to the region if Iran carries out attacks against US forces or nuclear weapons acceleration.

However, sources also reported that the updated plan does not call for a land invasion of Iran, which would require much more troops.

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