Pentagon assigns 2,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia

Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during an Armed Forces welcome ceremony for the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON – The US Defense Department officials has confirmed Friday that Pentagon is sending about 2,000 more troops, which includes squadrons of jet fighters and air defense missile batteries, to Saudi Arabia to intensify the kingdom’s defence system.

According to Politico, the Pentagon spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman said in an announcement that the Defence Secretary Mark Esper approved the assignment of two squadrons of fighter jets, air defence Patriot missile batteries, an Air Force headquarters unit and an anti-ballistic Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system as requested by the U.S. Central Command.

Due to the last month strikes in the kingdom’s oil facilities that was attributed to Iran by U.S. and Europe, the assignment of more troops is intended to “assure and enhance the defence of Saudi Arabia,” Hoffman assured.


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