WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The United States announced on Friday the deployment of an important military contingent in Saudi Arabia, initially estimated at some 2,000 additional soldiers and new air defense systems, after the attack on September 14 against two oil installations in the Arab kingdom of which both Washington and Riyadh have held Iran accountable, which in turn has denied all participation.
The deployment has been conceived as a measure of containment in the face of what the United States understands as orchestrated attacks to collapse international markets and highlight the weaknesses of Saudi air defenses.
The Pentagon has confirmed the arrival of two new combat squadrons, an air expeditionary wing, two Patriot missile batteries and a THAAD (High Altitude Area Defense) air defense system to reinforce Saudi Arabia's defensive capacity against this type of attacks, such as those triggered by the Huthi insurgency – in turn backed by Iran – from neighboring Yemen.
The attack, carried out on September 14, reached two facilities of the Saudi state oil company Aramco in Abqaiq, near Damman, in the Eastern Province, and at the Hijrat Jurais oil field.
A spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Defense, Turki al Malki, told the media that 25 drones and cruise missiles were used to attack the two refineries. It is, he added, unmanned devices of the Delta Wing type and 'Ya Ali' missiles, used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.