(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran’s Press TV is claiming that the U.S. has secretly deployed 3,000 troops in Iraq, suggesting that it might have something to do with the ongoing conflict in Syria.
According to Press TV, American forces have been arriving in Iraq from Kuwait in multiple stages and are stationed at bases in Salahuddin and al-Anbar provinces.
Before this deployment, the U.S. only had 157 soldiers inside Iraq to protect the U.S. Embassy there as well as small units of Marines at other diplomatic missions, Press TV says.
The Iranian news organization says that the Pentagon plans is to send another 17,000 American troops to Iraq by the same route the earlier force took.
There has been no comment from Washington about the claims made in the Press TV report.
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