nearvideo the Pentagon to send more troops to the middle East
US to send ‘hundreds’ of troops to Saudi Arabia; Gillian Turner reports from Washington.
The United States will send a Patriot missile battery, and four ground-to-radar-systems, and 200 support troops to Saudi Arabia to deter Iran announced increasingly aggressive behavior of the officers Thursday.
A THAAD missile defense system and two additional Patriot missile batteries are ready to go, if necessary, said the Pentagon.
“Other countries, the Iranian misadventures called in the region, and we look for you to carry assets in an international effort to strengthen Saudi-Arabia defense,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said.
Last week, the Minister of defense Mark Esper, said more troops deploy to the Middle East as a “defensive” measure to protect against attacks from Iran.
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Esper said the use of drones as a first step in the direction of the management of Iran’s increasingly violence in the region-including this month’s attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, and he called on other Nations to step up, and condemn the attacks.
Iran-supported Houthi rebels in Yemen responsibility for the Sept. 14 attack on the world’s largest oil-processing plant and a large oil field, but the US and Saudi Arabia accused Iran directly. Iran has denied involvement in the attack.
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“It is clear [ … ] that the weapons that were used, which produced in Iran and were not started from the Yemen,” Esper said on Friday, noting that all of the characters stand up, “was Iran responsible for the attack.”
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The purpose of the deployment of troops and resources to “send a clear message that the United States is supporting our partners,” and offer a “free flow of resources,” Esper said.
The United States calls on other countries to also “stand up and condemn the attacks,” as well as the skills to contribute, the Secretary said.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.