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Pentagon sending over 2,000 more troops to 'assure and enhance defense' of Saudi Arabia amid tensions with Iran

Pentagon sending over 2,000 more troops to 'assure and enhance defense' of Saudi Arabia amid tensions with Iran | 11 Oct 2019 | The US is beefing up military might in the Middle East, saying it will send more troops, fighter jets and missile defense systems to Saudi Arabia amid escalating tensions with Iran. US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has authorized the deployment of two fighter squadrons, one Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW), two batteries of Patriot missile defense systems and one Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Friday. This is in addition to the 200 or so troops, Patriots and radar systems whose deployment was announced two weeks ago, and amounts to 3,000 troops "extended or authorized within the last month," Hoffman clarified.