US plans to deploy 3,000 more troops in Saudi Arabia

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The United States has announced it will send thousands of extra troops to support Saudi Arabia following attacks on its oil facilities last month.

The Pentagon said on Friday it had agreed to deploy an additional 3,000 troops and military equipment in the kingdom to bolster its defenses in the wake of attacks it has accused Iran of involvement.

Two additional fighter planes, air defense systems, two Patriot missile batteries and a THAD interceptor system are among the additional reinforcements to be deployed, Defense Minister Mark Esper told a news conference.

Missile and drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities on September 14 temporarily cut oil production in half, and Iran rejected claims by Washington and Riyadh that it was behind the attack.

The US defense secretary reportedly told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also defense minister, to deploy the extra troops to secure and strengthen Saudi defense.

 

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