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 PompeoFive takeaways from ex-ambassador's dramatic testimony Pompeo: No US response ruled out in Hong Kong Ousted ambassador describes State Department in 'crisis' in dramatic impeachment testimony MORE and acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanDefense chief calls on European allies to be wary of China's investments, blasts Russia Pentagon chief approves 20 more miles of border wall Why Dave Norquist is the perfect choice for DOD's deputy secretary MORE, briefed lawmakers on intelligence detailing recent actions by Iran, as President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election 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.