Trump Approves Deployment Of Troops To Saudi Arabia Following Oil Assault
Written by Huffingtonpost on September 20, 2019
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday authorized sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia’s air defenses after the largest-ever assault on the dominion’s oil services, which Washington has squarely blamed on Iran.
The Pentagon stated the deployment would contain a average variety of troops – not numbering 1000’s – and can be primarily defensive in nature.
Reuters has beforehand reported that the Pentagon was contemplating sending anti-missile batteries, drones and extra fighter jets. The USA can also be contemplating preserving an plane provider within the area indefinitely.
“In response to the dominion’s request, the president has authorized the deployment of U.S. forces, which will probably be defensive in nature and primarily centered on air and missile protection,” U.S. Protection Secretary Mark Esper stated at a information briefing.
“We may also work to speed up the supply of navy tools to the dominion of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to reinforce their means to defend themselves.”
Esper added the United Arab Emirates, an in depth ally that hosts U.S. forces, had additionally requested help.
The Pentagon’s late Friday announcement appeared to shut the door to any imminent choice to wage retaliatory strikes in opposition to Iran following the assault, which rattled world markets and uncovered main gaps in Saudi Arabia’s air defenses.
However the deployment may additional irritate Iran, which has responded to earlier U.S. troop deployments this 12 months with apprehension. It denies duty for the assault on Saudi Arabia in addition to assaults on oil tankers earlier this 12 months.
Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi motion, which has been battling a Saudi-led navy coalition that features the UAE, has claimed duty for the strikes.
ATTACK LAUNCHED FROM IRAN?
U.S. officers, talking on situation of anonymity, have fingered southwest Iran because the staging floor for the assault, an evaluation primarily based a minimum of partly on still-classified imagery exhibiting Iran showing to arrange an aerial strike.
They’ve dismissed Houthi claims that the assaults originated in Yemen.
One of many officers instructed Reuters the strike might have been licensed by Iran’s Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The USA, cautious of getting dragged into one other battle within the Center East, has troops positioned in Syria and Iraq, two international locations the place Iranian affect is powerful and Iran-backed forces function overtly.
Saudi Arabia has stated it was attacked by a complete of 25 drones and missiles, together with Iranian Delta Wing unmanned aerial autos (UAV) and “Ya Ali” cruise missiles.
U.S. Marine Basic Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers, stated officers have been nonetheless hammering out the most effective array of capabilities to defend Saudi Arabia, noting the problem combating a swarm of drones.
“No single system goes to have the ability to defend in opposition to a risk like that, however a layered system of defensive capabilities would mitigate the danger of swarms of drones or different assaults which will come from Iran,” Dunford stated. (Reporting by Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali, Eric Beech and Mohammad Zargham Modifying by Chizu Nomiyama and Cynthia Osterman)
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