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Esper: US Troops, Armored Vehicles Going to Syria Oil Fields

BRUSSELS — The U.S. will send armored reinforcements into eastern Syria to bolster defenses against a potential move by Islamic State militants on oil fields controlled by U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday. Esper described the added force as "mechanized," which would likely means it will include tanks...

Pentagon Proposing Troop Buildup in Mideast, Sources Say

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said. The officials said no final decision has been made, and it's not clear...