by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/24/19, 12:34 pm
UPDATE: The Trump administration told Congress on Friday it plans to send about 1,500 more troops to the Middle East to strengthen defenses against Iran, according to a notice obtained by media outlets. The number is substantially lower than the 10,000 or more suspected on Thursday as Pentagon and White House officials met to discuss the buildup. The troops’ mission would include protecting U.S. forces already in the region and ensuring freedom of navigation, the notice said.