U.S. President Donald Trump will send additional fifteen hundred to the Middle East against the backdrop of aggravation of relations with Iran. Earlier he said that it would not be required.
“We want protection in the Middle East,” Trump told reporters before flying off to Japan. -We are going to send there a relatively small number of military. Very talented people will go. About 1500 people. ”
According to the president, this step is aimed at protecting the American armed forces already stationed in the region.
Trump simultaneously made a deal for 8.1 billion dollars on the sale of weapons of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UAE, bypassing the Congress-he declared an Iranian threat an extraordinary circumstance.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed the lawmakers about the president’s decision in a letter, noting that Iran’s “malicious” activity poses a fundamental threat to stability in the Middle East and U.S. security both abroad and Within the country.
Reasonable protective measure
“The deployment of additional forces in the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility is a reasonable defensive measure and is aimed at reducing the likelihood of future hostilities,” said U.S. acting Defense Minister Patrick Shanahan. “I remain committed to ensuring that the US military has the resources for the protection they need and deserve.”
As the head of the Pentagon told reporters, a group that the U.S. will send to the Middle East includes reconnaissance aircraft, fighters, engineers and an additional battalion of the Patriot anti-aircraft system, capable of knocking down Ballistic and cruise missiles.
Vice Admiral Michael Gildey, representative of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. armed forces, said that out of 1500 military personnel around 600 will be engaged serviced the Patriot complex. According to him, the group will include drones to track Iranian cruise missiles.
It is unknown where the United States will place an additional grouping.
“They will not be stationed in Syria or Iraq,” Assistant to the Pentagon head Kathy Wilbarger told reporters. However, she refused to specify exactly where the troops would be headed, reminding us that the United States has several points of dislocation in the region.