WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is sending one Patriot missile battery and 4 ground-based radar techniques to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon stated Thursday, in what officers describe as the primary steps to assist the dominion defend itself in opposition to Iranian assaults.
Two extra Patriot batteries and a THAAD missile protection system shall be ready to go later if wanted, and the deployment will contain about 200 troops.
Military commanders and protection leaders have been working since final week to iron out what navy help to ship to the area in response to what U.S. officers say was a brazen and unprecedented cruise missile and drone assault by Iran on Saudi oil services on Sept. 14.
President Donald Trump throughout a White House assembly final Friday delay, not less than for now, any fast navy strike on Iran, however accredited a broader effort to beef up safety in Saudi Arabia and the area. He instructed reporters that displaying restraint “shows far more strength” than launching retaliatory strikes now.
The 4 Sentinel radar techniques and the Patriot battery are designed to offer higher surveillance protection throughout northern Saudi Arabia. The bulk of the dominion’s Patriot batteries and different defenses are targeted on the south to guard the nation from assaults by Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen. The Houthis launch virtually day by day assaults into Saudi Arabia and at occasions into the UAE.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper stated final week that extra safety measures would be the first step, however he didn’t rule out extra strikes down the highway. Officials have stated they’re speaking with allies in an effort to get extra nations to contribute to safety within the area.
“Other countries have called out Iranian misadventures in the region, and we look for them to contribute assets in an international effort to reinforce Saudi Arabia’s defense,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman stated Thursday.
Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated final week that the purpose is to defend Saudi Arabia in opposition to unconventional aerial assaults utilizing a “layered system of defensive capabilities” that will mitigate the danger of swarms of drones or different assaults by Iran.
The U.S. has to this point not offered any onerous proof that Tehran was chargeable for the assaults, however officers insist they’ve little question the cruise missiles and drones have been launched from inside Iran.
Iran has denied involvement and warned the U.S. that any assault will spark an “all-out war” with fast retaliation from Tehran.
A navy forensic crew has been pouring over proof from cruise missile and drone particles, however the Pentagon stated the evaluation will not be completed. Officials are attempting to find out if they’ll get navigational data from the particles that might present onerous proof that the strikes got here from Iran.