Reuters reports the United States announced Friday that it would deploy 1,500 troops to the Middle East, in a move it said would help defend against Iran. The troops will include personnel manning missile defense systems, aerial surveillance, and engineers to fortify defenses. US President Donald Trump said, “We want to have protection in the Middle East. We’re going to be sending a relatively small number of troops, mostly protective." One day earlier, Trump had said he thought more troops were unnecessary.

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