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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were "defensive purposes," citing concerns about a threat from Iran."The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behaviour by Iranian forces and…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan introduced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 extra troops to the Middle East for what he talked about had been “defensive capabilities,” citing concerns about a probability from Iran.

“The newest Iranian attacks validate the legitimate, credible intelligence now we have bought on hostile behaviour by Iranian forces and their proxy teams that threaten United States personnel and pursuits across the difficulty,” Shanahan talked about in an announcement.

Reuters first reported plans to send U.S. extra troops to the Middle East earlier on Monday.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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Return of the hostages from Iran as they step off the airplane in Germany. Barry Rosen is 2d from the bottom waving without a glasses and a beard. He has honest introduced that he would possibly perchance perchance be going support to Iran to meet with his captors. The hostages had been stored over a 300 and sixty five days in captivity after the US Embassy was as soon as stormed throughout the Iranian Revolution. Family with Iran and the US have been bettering no longer too long up to now. (photo by Tim Chapman)

A Kurdish household having fled northern Iraq, carry all their worldly possessions, reach the border city of Nossod, Iran. Saddam Hussein crushed the Kurdish riot in northern Iraq in the aftermath of 1991 Gulf Battle led by the US and allied forces. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Photography)

An Iranian lady pets a dove caged in the belly of a reproduction of the Statue of Liberty at the primitive US embassy compound November three, 2001 in Tehran, Iran. Iranian authorities opened the primitive embassy to the general public for the predominant time for the reason that 1979 Islamic revolution toppled the US-backed Shah which in the rupture ended in the breaking of household between Washington and Tehran. (Photo by Keivan/Getty Photography)

Reza Pahlavi, son of the unhurried Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, speaks to Original York College students December four, 2001 in Original York City. Pahlavi spoke of the necessity to root out terrorism and the necessity for democracy in Iran. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Photography)

An Iranian man teaches his son the ‘demise to The United States’ chant throughout an illustration after Friday prayers April 5, 2002 in Tehran. The protesters opposed the Israeli incursion into Palestinian-managed territories. (Photo by Keivan/Getty Photography)

Deputy Secretary of Allege Richard Armitage greets people earlier than giving testimony earlier than the U.S. Senate Out of the country Family Committee on Capitol Hill October 28, 2003 in Washington DC. The Committee is hearing testimony on security threats and the U.S. coverage in direction of Iran. (Photo by Impress Wilson/Getty Photography)

An Iranian lady rests throughout a gathering of the conservative neighborhood, the Coalition of Builders of Islamic Iran, in Tehran February sixteen, 2004. The neighborhood has taken a animated stance on the country’s nuclear prerogatives and a life like line on US-Iranian household and the imposition of Islamic social rules. The predominant reformist events are staying away after a conservative-plug political vetting physique, the Guardians Council, barred some 2,300 people — most of them reformists — from even standing in the February 20 polls. (Photo credit rating: BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Photography)

A man holds an effigy of U.S. President George W. Bush throughout a drawl in opposition to the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq in Enqelab Sq. Could 19, 2004 in Tehran, Iran. Demonstrators reportedly hurled petrol bombs, firecrackers and stones at the British embassy. (Photo by Majid/Getty Photography)

This 18 January file photo reveals Secretary of Allege-designate Condoleezza Rice testifying earlier than the Senate Out of the country Family Committee throughout her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. US Secretary of Allege Condoleezza Rice will discuss the battle in Iraq and tensions with Iran when she meets Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on 04 February 2005.(Photo credit rating: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Photography)

U.S. Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) (C) speaks to the media after addressing the U.N. Safety Council at the United Nations February 6, 2006 in Original York City. Lugar, alongside with other Senate Out of the country Family Committee people George Voinovich (R-OH) (R) and Norm Coleman (R-MN), spoke on reform at the U.N., Iran and vitality conservation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Photography)

Iranian Out of the country Minister Manouchehr Mottaki speaks throughout a gathering with family members of the seven Iranian detainees arrested in Iraq by US forces, in Tehran, 18 Could 2007. US troops seized seven Iranians in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil on eleven January from what Iran claims was as soon as an legitimate consular building. Mottaki talked about after meeting the families of the detainees that Iran maintains that they had been diplomats working for a ‘consulate’. (Photo credit rating: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Photography)

Iranian students stir past an anti-US mural on the wall of the primitive US embassy in Tehran 24 October 2007. Twenty-eight years up to now, 19-300 and sixty five days-primitive Iranian chemistry student Massoumeh Ebtekar agreed to be a half of other students in preserving bigger than 60 Individuals captive at their embassy in Tehran, an occasion that was as soon as to closing 444 days and coast away a crash in US-Iranian household that has yet to be healed. For Ebtekar, who was as soon as elected closing 300 and sixty five days as a member of Tehran city council, there is no such thing as a contradiction between her prominent position in the embassy siege and her efforts as of late for higher moderation in the Islamic republic. (Photo credit rating: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Photography)

A US soldier carries on March 1, 2008 a platter of mutton and rice supplied to the troops by the mayor of the village of Nafet Khana on the Iraq-Iran border, which was as soon as destroyed throughout the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran battle. An Iranian delegation left Baghdad for home as of late with out preserving talks with officials from archfoe the United States on the security predicament in Iraq, an Iranian legitimate talked about. Iran and the United States, which have had no diplomatic household since 1980, held three rounds of talks about Iraq closing 300 and sixty five days, but a fourth round scheduled for closing month was as soon as postponed. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ (Photo credit rating must quiet read PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Photography)

WASHINGTON, DC – July 09: Undersecretary of Allege William Burns testifies throughout the Senate Out of the country Family hearing on Iran. On the identical day Iran take a look at-fired missiles in a indicate of pressure in the Persian Gulf, the Bush administration Wednesday sought to downplay the country???s vitality and affect. ???For its section, Tehran looks to be to appreciate heightening concerns by selling the phantasm that Iran is on the ascendance,??? Undersecretary of Allege William Burns talked about in ready testimony. ???On the unreal hand, Iran is no longer 10 toes worthwhile, neither is it even the dominant regional actor.’ (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Photography)

Japanese Akiko Saberi, mom of US-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi, holds press cards and ID’s for her jailed daughter at the household’s home in Tehran on April 18, 2009. An Iranian innovative court docket has sentenced Roxana Saberi, 31, to eight years in jail on charges of spying for the United States, her attorney talked about. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE (Photo credit rating must quiet read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Photography)

Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri stands with his father upon arrival at Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran on July 15, 2010. Amiri, who claimed he was as soon as ‘abducted’ by US spies closing 300 and sixty five days, denied that he was as soon as a nuclear scientist, but talked about he was as soon as wondered by Israelis throughout his ‘harsh’ captivity. Amiri had long gone lacking from Saudi Arabia in June 2009 whereas on a pilgrimage and surfaced in Iran’s Pursuits Half in Washington on July Thirteen, 2010. Upon his arrival in Tehran he without prolong educated journalists that he was as soon as honest a ‘easy researcher’. Iranian officials drawl he was as soon as kidnapped by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States. US officials have denied these accusations. AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE (Photo credit rating must quiet read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Photography)

NEW YORK – JULY 30: (L to R) Laura Fattal, Cindy Hickey and Nora Shourd, moms of three U.S. Electorate being detained in Iran, preserve shut footage throughout a drawl outside the Iranian mission to the United Nations on July, 30, 2010 in Original York City. Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer, and Sarah Shourd, have been held by Irainian authorities since July 31, 2009 after they had been detained alongside the Iraq and Iran border and accused of spying. (Photo by David Goldman/Getty Photography)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 25: Josh Fattal (C) and Shane Bauer (R), two American hikers released after spending bigger than two years imprisoned in Iran, had been joined by Sarah Shourd (L) and relatives in entrance of a press-filled conference room at the Parker Meridien Original York on September 25, 2011 in Original York City. Fattal, Bauer, and Shourd had been charged with trespassing and espionage, after allegedly crossing the border between Iraq and Iran on a mountain hiking day out. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Photography)

Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, correct, and U.S. Secretary of Allege Hillary Clinton talk throughout a Senate Out of the country Family Committee nomination hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Senator John Kerry wired the necessity to prevent Iran from shopping nuclear weapons. He described the ‘immediate, abominable challenges’ dealing with the nation as he seeks confirmation to change into secretary of disclose. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg by Getty Photography

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 22: Ali Rezaian looks to be at a image of his brother, Washington Put up Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian, after a data conference at the Nationwide Press Club July 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. The facts conference was as soon as to present an change on the case of Jason Rezaian, who’s being held in Evin Penal advanced in Iran since July 22, 2014. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Photography)

Sarah Hekmati(R), sister of US Marine Corps archaic Amir Hekmati, speaks about her brother Could 19, 2014 throughout a vigil held for him in Lafayette Park across from the White Condominium in Washington, DC. The vigil was as soon as held on the 1,000th day of Amir’s imprisonment in Iran. Amir is an Iranian-American detained in Iran whereas visiting his grandmother. Falsely accused of being a query, he was as soon as detained in August of 2011, held in solitary confinement for months and hidden by the partitions of Irans Evin detention heart. He was as soon as sentenced to demise in January of 2012, the predominant American to rep the demise penalty in Iran in over 33 years. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER (Photo credit rating must quiet read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Photography)

Committee chairman Senator Bob Corker(L) , R-TN, and ranking member Senator Benjamin L. Cardin , D-MD, shake fingers earlier than a gathering of the Senate Out of the country Family Committee on Capitol Hill April 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee met to debate and vote on S.615, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Evaluation Act of 2015. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit rating must quiet read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Photography)

UNITED STATES – JULY 23: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., takes his seat for the Senate Out of the country Family Committee hearing on the Iran Nuclear Agreement on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Secretary of Allege John Kerry, Vitality Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified. (Photo By Invoice Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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