Amidst an escalation of tensions with Iran, the US has approved the deployment of 1,000 additional troops in the Middle East for "defensive purposes" to address air, naval and ground-based threats.
The announcement by acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan came hours after Iran said it would surpass the uranium-stockpile limit set by its nuclear deal in the next 10 days against the backdrop of soaring tensions between Tehran and Washington.
The action of deploying 1,000 more troops is being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of US military personnel working throughout the region and to protect its national interests, Shanahan said on Monday.
The United States does not seek conflict with Iran, he said.
"I have authorised approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval and ground-based threats in the Middle East," Shanahan said.