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Pentagon Will Deploy US Forces to Saudi Arabia to Defend Oil Facilities

• https://news.antiwar.com by Jason Ditz

The latest US military buildup into the Middle East was announced today, fresh off the Trump Administration's briefing on "options" for responding to Iran. The Pentagon is announcing they will be deploying more US forces in the area around Saudi oil facilities.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper says Trump has approved the deployment already, and that it will be focused primarily on air and missile defense systems, at the request of Saudi Arabia.

This has been a major concern for Saudi Arabia. Even though they have the third most expensive military in the world, behind only the US and China, their defensive systems have proven unable to fend off drones and many missiles fired from neighboring Yemen.

The expectation is that the US will be sending more air defense batteries to the area to try to fend off future attacks. 


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