December 4, 2019

As many as 14,000 additional U.S. troops and dozens of ships could soon be deployed to the Middle East in order to counter Iran, U.S. officials told The Wall Street Journal.

President Trump has long said he doesn't want the U.S. involved in foreign conflicts, but after listening to Israel and his advisers, he believes Tehran poses a major threat, the officials said. Iran has denied being involved in several incidents in the region, including an attack on Saudi oil facilities in September, and military leaders are growing more concerned about an attack on U.S. interests in the region, the Journal reports.

Trump could make an announcement as early as this month, and it's possible he will approve a smaller deployment. Depending on the number of ships in the area and rotation of ground troops, there are anywhere from 60,000 to 80,000 U.S. troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan; since May, 14,000 service members have been sent to the region. Catherine Garcia

February 3, 2019

The Pentagon announced Sunday that 3,750 additional troops will be sent to the U.S.-Mexico border, bringing the number up to 4,350.

They will assist Customs and Border Protection and install 150 miles of wire. Last week, Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said more troops would be sent to the southern border to put up concertina wire and offer mobile surveillance and monitoring. This surveillance mission will end Sept. 30, the Pentagon said.

The first group of troops deployed in late October, for a mission that was scheduled to be completed on Dec. 15, but was extended two times. Democratic lawmakers have questioned the necessity of troops at the border, saying this interrupts training and could affect military readiness. Catherine Garcia

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