White House reviews military plans against Iran

Plans envision sending up to 120,000 US troops to the Middle East.
Tuesday 14/05/2019
Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks with troops and border patrol officials near the US-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, US, May 11, 2019. (Reuters)
Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks with troops and border patrol officials near the US-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, US, May 11, 2019. (Reuters)

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has presented an updated military plan to President Donald Trump's administration that envisions sending up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons, the New York Times reported.

Citing unnamed administration officials, the Times said Shanahan presented the plan at a meeting of Trump's top security aides on Thursday.

Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.

The Times said among those attending the Thursday meeting were Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford.

Several plans were detailed, the Times said, and "the uppermost option called for deploying 120,000 troops, which would take weeks or months to complete." 

(Reuters)