Military Capabilities

US to send ‘less’ than 1,000 additional troops to USCENTCOM

24 May 2019

The Trump administration is moving out with plans to send fewer than 1,000 additional troops, as well as additional military assets, into the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) region to curtail what it deems a threat from Iran, according to Pentagon officials.

On 24 May, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan approved USCENTCOM's request to send "less than" 1,000 additional US troops into the region, along with additional weapons systems, while also extending the deployment of nearly 600 troops attached to the recently announced Patriot battalion deployment there, two Pentagon officials told reporters.

"These capabilities are intended to enhance our defences, harden our positions and provide additional [intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance] coverage to see the threat and be able to illuminate the threat more clearly," said Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Katie Wheelbarger.

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