Trump defends pulling US troops out of Syria
U.S. deploying 3,000 troops, advanced equipment to Saudi Arabia
The U.S. military is significantly increasing troop deployments to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said Friday, announcing that 3,000 American personnel — including two fighter squadrons and an air expeditionary wing — will be sent to the Persian Gulf nation, as well as advanced missile defense systems.
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Iran oil tanker “probably” hit by missile attack off Saudi Arabia, Iranian media say
Tehran, Iran — Two rockets struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iran’s official state-run media said.
The hull of the tanker “Sabiti” was hit by suspected missiles about 60 miles off the coast, French news agency AFP quoted Iran’s state-owned National Iranian Tanker Company as saying. The statement, carried by Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency, said two separate explosions were “probably caused by missile strikes.”
From another article…
US to send 3,000 troops to Saudi Arabia as it withdraws from Syria
Mark Esper, the defence secretary, said the US was sending two more Patriot missile batteries, one THAAD ballistic missile interception system, two fighter squadrons and one air expeditionary wing.
It came Iran claimed yesterday that one of its oil tankers had been struck with missiles off the coast of Saudi Arabia in an incident shrouded in mystery.
From the same article above…
One official speaking on condition of anonymity with The Washington Times said administration officials have recently been carefully considering “moving more and more troops into Saudi Arabia.”
and further in that article…
The secretary said that since May the U.S. has moved about 14,000 new military personnel to the wider Persian Gulf region.