Washington: More than 70 senior U.S. ex-militaries urged President Donald Trump to persist in diplomacy to avoid an armed conflict with Iran, Prensa Latina publishes.

The officers sent an open letter to the President urging him to avoid confrontation with the Islamic nation and adding that diplomacy, not armed conflict, would be in the best interests of the United States.

The open letter, published Thursday in War on the Rocks, calls for crisis reduction measures and reminds the president that as president and commander-in-chief he has considerable power at his disposal to immediately reduce dangerous levels of regional tension.

The President approved the additional forces Thursday after a White House meeting with acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford.

The new soldiers sent are part of troops servicing Patriot missile systems deployed to defend against rocket threats.

Besides the troops and battalion attending the Patriot, the Pentagon will also deploy additional intelligence and reconnaissance aircraft, engineers, as well as a combat aircraft squadron 'to provide additional deterrence and depth to our aviation response options,' military officials said.

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