The US has confirmed to deploy additional military troops and equipments to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates to strengthen both region’s security in response to the drone attack on Saudi oil facilities.

“In response to the kingdom’s request, the president has approved the deployment of U.S. forces, which will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defense,” Esper said at the Pentagon.

Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford did not say how many troops would be deployed but said it would not reach thousands.

The Defense secretary said the deployment is meant to “send a clear message that the United States supports our partners in the region, ensure the free flow of resources necessary to support the global economy” and to “demonstrate commitment to upholding the international rules-based order that we have long called on Iran to obey.”

Esper added that Trump has made clear he has no intentions yet to seek conflict with Iran since US have many other military options available.

The Pentagon will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to enhance their ability to defend themselves.

Dunford is expected to have a talk with leaders from U.S Central Command and Saudi partners to discuss the details of the deployment.

He said: “We’ll be able to share that with you next week. We haven’t decided on specific units.


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