US general says troop surge in Middle East may not end soon

Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East, meets with sailors and Marines on the USS Bataan amphibious assault ship on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in the northern Red Sea. McKenzie told some newly arrived troops in the region that they could be there for a while.  (AP Photo/Lolita Baldor)

IRAN (AP) — The top U.S. commander in the Middle East is telling some newly arrived American troops in the region that they could be there for a while.

Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie spoke to sailors and Marines on Thursday from aboard the USS Bataan amphibious assault ship in the Red Sea.

The number of U.S. forces in the Middle East has increased by 20,000 over eight months despite President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring troops home.

The increase reflects the escalating threat from Iran that peaked with the recent missile attack on American forces in Iraq.

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