US President Donald Trump speaks to the media before leaving the White House on May 14. Photo: Bloomberg

Donald Trump to send 1,500 more US troops to Middle East as Iran tensions rise

  • Purpose of deployment is to enhance protection of forces already in region
  • Trump administration has claimed it has evidence Iran is threatening possible attacks on American interests or allies in Middle East
Topic |   Iran

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US President Donald Trump speaks to the media before leaving the White House on May 14. Photo: Bloomberg
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US President Donald Trump addresses a 2020 re-election campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Monday. Photo: Reuters

No additional US troops needed in Middle East to counter Iran, Donald Trump says, casting doubt on Pentagon plan

  • Comments by US president come just before briefing on a new deployment plan by acting defence secretary Patrick Shanahan
  • ‘There is no 10,000 and there is no 5,000,’ Shanahan says, contradicting earlier reports on proposed troop movements
Topic |   Iran

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US President Donald Trump addresses a 2020 re-election campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Monday. Photo: Reuters
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