Exclusive: U.S. troop drawdowns in Afghanistan 'not necessarily' tied to Taliban deal - Esper
Exclusive: U.S. troop drawdowns in Afghanistan 'not necessarily' tied to Taliban deal - EsperLONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that any future troop drawdowns in Afghanistan were "not necessarily" linked to a deal with Taliban insurgents, suggesting some lowering of force levels may happen irrespective of the ongoing peace push.
The United States is weighing sending as many as 14,000 more troops to the Middle East amid a perceived threat from Iran, the Wall Street Journal In October, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that two fighter squadrons and additional missile defense batteries were being sent to
The United States is weighing sending up to 14,000 more troops to the Middle East in the face of a perceived threat from Iran, the Wall Street In October Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that two fighter squadrons and additional missile defense batteries were being sent to Saudi Arabia, for
Mark Esper said Saturday that reports saying as many as 14,000 additional troops would be heading to the Middle East to counter Iran are "false."
Esper sat down with Fox News’at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, , to discuss threats from the , China, North Korea and other parts of the world, and the U.S. military’s readiness to tackle such threats.
Thousands more US troops could be headed to Middle East
The White House is weighing the possibility of sending thousands more U.S. troops to the Middle East to deter continued Iranian provocations.The White House has not yet made a decision on the possibility of sending more troops to the region, according to a U.S. official and a source familiar with the planning.
To be clear, the reporting is wrong. The U . S . is not considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East . In October, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that two fighter squadrons and additional missile defence batteries were being sent to Saudi Arabia, for a total of
The US will send 1,000 additional US forces and more military resources to the Middle East amid "The action today is being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of our military personnel working Apart from the United Kingdom, European governments have not echoed the US claim that Iran was
“Those are false reports," Esper said of the media's coverage this week that the U.S. was considering sending up to 14,000 more troops to the Middle East. "I don't know where they came from."
"We've deployed 14,000 troops since May of this year. But right now, I'm not looking at any major deployments coming up in the region,” Esper said when Baier asked if additional troops would be sent to the Middle East.
“That said, on a day-to-day basis, we monitor what's happening in the Middle East, on the Korean Peninsula, in the European theater, all over the world. And we make adjustments to our forces up or down based on what the needs of the commander are. And that happens again, routinely. That's just what we do,” Esper continued.
Esper said that the14,000 troops deployed since May came just before Iranians were seizing or trying to disable ships in the Strait of Hormuz, when Iran allegedly bombed Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, and when the U.S. had to shoot down an Iranian drone. He said he deployed some additional forces a month or so later, but since that time “we haven’t seen that level of activity.”
Exclusive: U.S. military completes pullback from northeast Syria, Esper says
The United States has completed its military pullback in northeastern Syria, settling into a more stable posture of about 600 troops in the rest of the country after repositioning and reducing forces, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said. © Reuters/Handout . FILE PHOTO: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper delivers remarks before ringing the closing NASDAQ bell in New York Esper's remarks in an interview with Reuters could signal the end of a period of turbulence and uncertainty surrounding the U.S. military presence in Syria after President Donald Trump's initial withdrawal order in October.
US not considering sending additional troops to region at this time, press secretary cites Mark Esper as saying - Anadolu Agency. "The deployment could double the number of U . S . military personnel who have been sent to the region since the start of a troop buildup in May," said the Journal, citing
Defense Secretary Mark Esper Calls Report ' False '. Defense Secretary Mark Esper Friday denied the United States is planning to send an additional 14,000 troops to the Middle East . The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday the administration was considering doubling the number of U . S
However, Esper did concede that the threat from Iran to the U.S. is increasing.
“Given what's happening in the streets of Iran these days, you see a regime under stress. It's a good thing that the Iranian people are also seeking the prosperity, the liberty, the freedoms that we enjoy in this country, “ Esper said.
“So, you see a regime increasingly under stress. I think we need to be prepared for any contingency,” he said.
Two defense officials told Fox News this week that the Pentagon isadditional forces to the Middle East to counter an increasing threat from Iran.
Recent reports have found that Iranian forces may have killed more than 1,000 protesters. The demonstrations began after the government, amidst economic discontent, raised the price of gasoline by 50 percent.
Baier asked Esper if he saw any evidence of missiles going into Iraq from Iran, which could threaten U.S. troops stationed in Iraq.
Esper said he would not comment on anything “in terms of intelligence,” but there had been reports about rockets being fired at American forces on bases in Iraq.
US wants explanation for Turkey threat to close two bases .
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday he wants an explanation from Ankara over threats to close two strategic military bases used by the United States in Turkey. Esper also noted he was disappointed by the direction Ankara seems to be taking, moving away from NATO and getting closer to Russia. Turkey faces US sanctions over its decision to buy the Russian S-400 missile defense system, despite warnings from Washington.Tensions also rose when Turkey launched a military incursion into northeastern Syria in October against the Kurds, who were US allies in the fight against IS.