US deploying 3,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia: Pentagon


US troops Saudi Arabia Pentagon deploying 3000 more troops
11 Oct, 2019 10:55 pm

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Pentagon said Friday it has approved the deployment of 3,000 additional troops and military hardware to Saudi Arabia to boost the country´s defences in the wake of attacks on its oil installations.

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper authorized the deployment of two more Patriot missile batteries, one THAAD ballistic missile interception system, two fighter squadrons and one air expeditionary wing, the Pentagon said in a statement.

“Secretary Esper informed Saudi Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Muhammad bin Salman this morning of the additional troop deployment to assure and enhance the defense of Saudi Arabia,” it said.

“Taken together with other deployments this constitutes an additional 3,000 forces that have been extended or authorized within the last month,” it said.

Enhancing defenses

“Secretary Esper informed Saudi Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Muhammad bin Salman this morning of the additional troop deployment to assure and enhance the defense of Saudi Arabia,” Chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathon Hoffman said in a statement Friday.

“Taken together with other deployments, this constitutes an additional 3,000 forces that have been extended or authorized within the last month.” The US has increased the deployment of forces in the region by 14,000 since May.

The carrier USS Harry S Truman, which was scheduled to deploy to the region in the last several weeks, has been unable to sail due to a broken electrical distribution system. The current carrier in the region, USS Abraham Lincoln, is rescheduled to end its deployment in the next several days.

That has now led to the need for additional capability in the region to replace what a carrier airwing can provide.




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