INTERNATIONAL

Iran-U.S. Tensions

The United States has approved the deployment of 1,000 additional Troops to the Middle East, against the backdrop of soaring tensions with Iran.

In a statement, acting defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said that the Troops were being sent "for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East."

The US has blamed Iran for last week's attacks on two Tankers in the Gulf of Oman, a charge Tehran has denied as "Baseless."

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have escalated ever since the us quit a multi-Nation Nuclear deal with Iran.

Washington has imposed crippling sanctions, bolstered its Military presence in the region and blacklisted Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards as a Terrorist Organization.