The United States will send an additional 1,000 soldiers to the Middle East. The Centcom states. The green light for the deployment of more troops comes as tensions with Iran are increasing. I have authorized an additional 1,000 troops for defensive purposes to address the threats in the Middle East at the request of the Central Command, confirms the US secretary of defense Patrick Shanahan. The recent Iranian attacks validate the intelligence we received on the hostile behavior of Iranian forces, which threaten American personnel and interests in the area, adds Shanahan.