Pentagon contemplates sending more troops and ships to deter Iran, after all

After a Pentagon representative denied a published report that the Trump administration is considering sending up to 14,000 reinforcements to the Persian Gulf region, a senior Pentagon official told Congress that the United States is likely to deploy additional forces to bolster deterrence.

“Based on the threat situation in the Middle East … the Secretary of Defense has told me he intends to make changes to our force posture there,” said John Rood, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of defense for policy in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday.

On Wednesday, Pentagon press secretary Alyssa Farah flatly denied a Wall Street Journal story that the Pentagon was
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