US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he had spoken to the Saudi crown prince and told him Washington would try to protect Saudi Arabia and send defense systems and 3,000 troops against the backdrop of an Aramco attack.
Washington will send thousands of additional troops to Saudi Arabia.Washington said at a press conference today with the Chief of Staff that the US military “will deploy squadrons of fighter jets in Saudi Arabia in addition to defense systems.
Esper said the goal of sending US troops to Saudi Arabia was to deter Iranian threats and protect US interests in the region.
Turkish military operations in Syria undermine stability in the region he said adding that “the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria is putting our relations with Turkey at stake.
The US Defense Secretary pointed out that Washington has not abandoned the Kurds and “tried to prevent the Turkish operation.”