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USA: Washington to deploy extra forces to Mid East after Saudi oil attacks05:07

USA: Washington to deploy extra forces to Mid East after Saudi oil attacks

United States, Arlington
September 21, 2019 at 13:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Additional US troops and military equipment will be deployed in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, in the wake of drone attacks on Saudi oil sites that the US has blamed on Iran.

Speaking from Arlington on Friday, Esper stated that Saudi Arabia and the UAE had requested additional assistance and said that "the deployment of US forces which will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defence."

"We will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to enhance their ability to defend themselves," he added.

The US Secretary of Defense did not rule out further measures, specifying that this this deployment is a "first step."

The drone attacks took place on September 14 at an oil processing facility in Abqaiq and the Khurais oil field, effectively cutting production by 5.7 million barrels per day or 5 percent of global output.

Houthi militants operating in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attacks. The US and Saudi authorities have however both accused Iran of being responsible, although Tehran has repeatedly denied this.

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Additional US troops and military equipment will be deployed in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, in the wake of drone attacks on Saudi oil sites that the US has blamed on Iran.

Speaking from Arlington on Friday, Esper stated that Saudi Arabia and the UAE had requested additional assistance and said that "the deployment of US forces which will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defence."

"We will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to enhance their ability to defend themselves," he added.

The US Secretary of Defense did not rule out further measures, specifying that this this deployment is a "first step."

The drone attacks took place on September 14 at an oil processing facility in Abqaiq and the Khurais oil field, effectively cutting production by 5.7 million barrels per day or 5 percent of global output.

Houthi militants operating in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attacks. The US and Saudi authorities have however both accused Iran of being responsible, although Tehran has repeatedly denied this.

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