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 PompeoOvernight Defense: Pentagon redirects pandemic funding to defense contractors | US planning for full Afghanistan withdrawal by May | Anti-Trump GOP group puts ads in military papers Overnight Defense: House Democrats unveil stopgap spending measure to GOP opposition | Bill includes .6B for new subs | Trump issues Iran sanctions after world shrugs at US action at UN Navalny calls on Russia to return clothes he was wearing when he fell ill MORE and acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanHouse Armed Services chairman expresses confidence in Esper amid aircraft carrier coronavirus crisis Boeing pleads for bailout under weight of coronavirus, 737 fallout Esper's chief of staff to depart at end of January MORE, briefed lawmakers on intelligence detailing recent actions by Iran, as President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate 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.