Pentagon announces the deployment of a large number of US troops in Saudi Arabia
The Pentagon on Friday confirmed plans to send a large number of troops to Saudi Arabia in the wake of the September 14 attack on Saudi oil facilities.
The Pentagon said that an additional 3,000 US troops will be deployed in Saudi Arabia, noting that the troops to be deployed, including air defense and combat groups, according to Reuters.
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the deployment of the additional troops, which include two fighter squadrons, two Patriot batteries and a THAD defense system.
“Minister Esber informed the Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman this morning of the deployment of additional troops to strengthen Saudi defense,” the statement said.
The move comes to counter Iranian threats to Gulf security, as evidence has shown that Tehran is behind the Aramco attacks at Abqaiq and Khurais.
The Houthis in Yemen, loyal to Iran, claimed responsibility for the attack, but Saudi Arabia offered evidence that Iran was involved in the attack, which was also confirmed by the United States.
In this regard, the Pentagon said that the United States “does not seek conflict with the Iranian regime, but we reserve the right to respond to any threats.” Source