U.S. Boosts Middle East Troops To Deter Iran's 'Aggression'

 United States says it is not seeking conflict with Iran and that its military buildup in the Middle East aims at deterring Iranian "aggression" and protecting U.S. interests in the region. Mike Pompeo made the comments on June 18 amid rising concerns about a possible military confrontation between Washington and Tehran.The Pentagon earlier announced it would send an additional 1,000 troops to the region in response to "hostile behavior" by Iranian forces. They are to join some 1,500 additional troops deployed to the region last month.China warned all sides "not to open a Pandora's box" and urged the United States to lower its "extreme pressure methods."Russia also called for restraint, calling U.S. actions "rather provocative.".............


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