War Clouds Gathering

The Pentagon has quietly surged combat troops and warships in U.S. bases throughout the Middle East after the top American commander in the region warned that he needed additional forces to counter rising potential threats, including Iran.

Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, head of U.S. Central Command, got approval from the Obama administration for the surge just after talks with Baghdad broke down over keeping a large U.S. occupation force in Iraq. But the extent of the build-up is only now becoming clear.


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