Pentagon to present White House with plans to deploy up to 10K troops to Middle East: report

The Pentagon is set to present the White House with a request to deploy 10,000 troops to the Middle East, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The move is reportedly to counter threats posed by Iran.

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Officials told the AP that it isn't clear if the White House will approve sending all or just some of the requested forces.

A spokesperson for the Department of Defense (DOD) did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. 

The reported proposal comes amid a spike in U.S.-Iranian tensions.

The Trump administration earlier this month deployed bombers and an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf in response to unspecified threats from Iran.

Earlier this year, the U.S. named Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Iran responded by designating all U.S. forces in the Middle East as terrorists.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBill Maher says he's 'glad' David Koch is dead Trump spurs new wave of economic angst by escalating China fight Trump on North Korean projectile launches: Kim 'likes testing missiles' MORE and acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanWhy Dave Norquist is the perfect choice for DOD's deputy secretary Five questions for Trump's new defense secretary on first major tour Trump says media is part of vetting his nominees: 'We save a lot of money that way' MORE, briefed lawmakers on intelligence detailing recent actions by Iran, as President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE and Republicans warn of a growing threat from Tehran.

The next day, Senate Democrats introduced a bill to require congressional approval before the U.S. can take military action against Iran.

The measure was defeated in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

This is a developing story and will be updated.