WASHINGTON, Sep. 21 (Reuters / EP) –
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has approved the deployment of US troops to reinforce the air defenses of Saudi Arabia after the attacks against the refineries of the Saudi state oil company Aramco, the Pentagon reported Friday.
The Pentagon has stressed that the deployment would have a moderate number of troops and would be mainly defensive in nature and has detailed plans to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
US Navy General Joseph Dunford, president of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has indicated that the deployment would not reach thousands of soldiers, but has refused to give more details.
“In response to the request of the kingdom, the president approved the deployment of US forces, which will be defensive in nature and focus primarily on air and missile defense,” said US Defense Secretary Mark Esper in a wheel Press
“We will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to improve their ability to defend themselves,” he said.
Both the United States and Saudi Arabia have pointed to Iran as responsible for the recent attack on two refineries, and even the Saudi authorities showed Wednesday the remains of the missiles and drones that were supposed to support this theory.