At a meeting of President Donald Trump's top national security aides last week, Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack US forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons, Administration officials said.

The revisions were ordered by hard-liners led by John 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

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