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US reviews military plans against Iran, in echoes of Iraq war

At a meeting of President Donald Trump’s top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack U.S. forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons, administration officials said. Advertising The revisions were ordered by hard-liners led by John R. Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser. It does not call for a land invasion of Iran, which would require vastly more troops, officials said. The development reflects the influence of Bolton, one of the administration’s most virulent Iran hawks, whose push for confrontation with Tehran was ignored…