Pentagon announces deployment of additional US infantry to Saudi Arabia
Defense Secretary Mark Esper announces a deployment of dual some-more warrior squadrons to Saudi Arabia in response to a flourishing hazard from Iran.
Roughly 1,800 U.S. use members, as good as several dozen warrior jets and other atmosphere invulnerability implements, will be sent to Saudi Arabia to assistance strengthen a Kingdom amid heightened tensions with Iran, a Pentagon announced Friday.
Officials pronounced a U.S. is set to boat dual F-15 squadrons, dual Patriot barb batteries, one anti-missile invulnerability system known as THADD and other planes.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said he sensitive Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman progressing Friday about the additional infantry “to safeguard and raise a invulnerability of Saudi Arabia.”
“Saudi Arabia is a longstanding confidence partner in a Middle East and has asked for additional support to addition their possess invulnerability and urge a general rules-based order,” Esper told reporters during a Pentagon.
IRANIAN OIL TANKER NEAR SAUDI ARABIA COAST HIT BY MISSILES, OFFICIALS SAY
The Pentagon’s proclamation came only hours after Iranian officials pronounced dual missiles from an unlimited source hit one of a oil tankers that was roving by a Red Sea about 60 miles off a seashore of Saudi Arabia.
The explosions from a missiles shop-worn dual storerooms aboard a oil tanker – identified as a Sibiti – and caused a brief oil trickle into a Red Sea. The trickle was after plugged, Iranian state radio reported.
Foreign Ministry orator Abbas Mousavi described a occurrence as an “attack” carried out by those committing “dangerous adventurism.” He pronounced a incident was underneath investigation.
There has been no word from Saudi Arabia per a reported barb strikes.
IRAN CLAIMS IT WILL USE MORE ADVANCED CENTRIFUGES, RAMPING UP NUCLEAR TENSIONS
That occurrence comes amid diligent tensions and charges by a U.S. that Iran has pounded oil tankers nearby a Strait of Hormuz, during a mouth of a Persian Gulf — something denied by Tehran.
This print expelled by a central news group of a Iranian Oil Ministry, SHANA, shows Iranian oil tanker Sabiti roving by a Red Sea Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Two missiles struck a Iranian tanker Sabiti roving by a Red Sea off a seashore of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iranian officials said, a latest occurrence in a segment amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and a U.S. (SHANA around AP)
Right now, there are roughly 250 U.S. infantry deployed to Saudi Arabia and some-more than 60,000 U.S. infantry deployed via a Middle East, both within several countries and aboard warships.
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This new deployment is partial of a response to a suspected Iranian barb and worker conflict on Saudi oil comforts on Sept. 14.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and a Associated Press contributed to this report.