US to send 3,000 additional troops to Saudi Arabia
US army officers stand in front a US Patriot missile defence system - AFP
The United States is to send an additional 3,000 troops to Saudi Arabia “to assure and enhance” the country’s security in the wake of the Aramco oil attacks, the Pentagon announced on Friday.
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.
The new deployment means that, since May, the US has sent an additional 14,000 members of the armed forces into the region.
This is all part of Trump's promise to "Stop the endless wars in the Middle East" and to end U.S. military involvement by rapidly pulling troops out of Middle Eastern countries.