Defense Secretary Mark Esper stated Friday the Trump administration is conserving a detailed eye on unrest in Iran and Iraq, however he sees no immediate need to send any substantial variety of further U.S. forces to the area.
“Right now we believe we have sufficient capability in the theater to deter what we need to deter,” he informed reporters flying with him to California.
He stated he routinely evaluations the adequacy of U.S. navy forces in all areas of the globe, taking commanders’ suggestions and requests into consideration. He stated this contains the unstable Middle East, the place the Pentagon has already added about 14,000 troops since May.
Depending on circumstances, “there may be some minor augmentations” of forces within the Middle East, in addition to routine rotations of models, he stated. But no main additions are presently being thought-about.
Other officers had stated earlier this week that an possibility into account known as for deploying between 5,000 and seven,000 troops to the Gulf space, however no choices had been made. Esper’s feedback appeared to solid doubt on that possibility.