Kaleigh Thomas

Center for a New American Security

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Research Associate at the Center for a New American Security.

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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan released an updated military plan for Iran. It envisions sending 120,000 U.S. troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks U.S.

Trump administration hardliners push for sending 120,000 U.S. troops to Iran if necessary

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan released an updated military plan for Iran. It envisions sending 120,000 U.S. troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks U.S.

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