American Military troops in large numbers including USAF to be deployed in Saudi Arabia: Pentagon
WASHINGTON: American Military troops in large numbers to be deployed in Saudi Arabia, Pentagon has been quoted as saying by international media.
The United States announced large deployment of forces to Saudi Arabia to help bolster the kingdom`s defenses following the Sept. 14 attack on its oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Iran.
The planned deployment, which was first reported by Reuters, will include fighter squadrons, one air expeditionary wing and air defense personnel, the Pentagon said. The Pentagon said it was sending two additional Patriot batteries and one Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD).
"Taken together with other deployments, this constitutes an additional 3,000 forces that have been extended or authorized within the last month," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement.
It was unclear whether some of the newly announced troops might replace other American forces expected to depart the region in the coming weeks or months.