17 July 2019

Additional 1,000 US troops will be deployed to Middle East

Home page Army
12 Punto 14 Punto 16 Punto 18 Punto

US Acting Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan said in a Monday statement that the Pentagon has authorized the deployment of an additional 1,000 troops for defensive purposes "to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East". reports citing foreign media that, according to Shanahan, "the recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region".

Shanahan also stressed in the statement that Washington "does not seek conflict with Iran", adding that the "action is being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of our military personnel working throughout the region and to protect our national interests".

On Thursday, two oil tankers - the Kokuka Courageous and the Front Altair - were reportedly attacked in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz. While the causes of the incidents remain unknown, the United States has accused Iran of allegedly sabotaging the vessels.

In the wake of the attack, US President Donald Trump ordered the warship USS Mason to be dispatched to the area, adding to the United States' already significant military presence in the region.

The Pentagon has recently increased its forces in the Middle East. The US deployments in the region include an aircraft carrier strike group, Patriot missiles, B-52 bombers, and F-15 fighters, according to the US Defence Department.

Relations between Iran and the US deteriorated after Trump, an avid opponent of the Iranian nuclear deal, pulled out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in May 2018. The decision has been criticized by the other signatories of the nuclear deal: China, France, Germany, Iran, the European Union, Russia and the United Kingdom.

The US later unveiled new sanctions against Iran, targeting its economic, financial and transportation sectors, among others. The situation worsened when Iran announced on 8 May that it had partially discontinued its commitments under the agreement and had given Europe two months to ensure Iran's interests were protected under the deal.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Tehran would not negotiate with the US. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, however, has not ruled out the possibility of negotiations with Washington if sanctions against Tehran are lifted and the longstanding US policy of oppressing Iran is abandoned.

2019.06.18 / 10:07
See also

Turkey-Pakistan hold high level military meeting

3 medics killed in airstrike by Haftar forces

The military units are being inspected by Minister - Photo

Erdogan: All S-400 systems will be installed by April 2020

Turkey continues to receive Russian S-400 components

Stoltenberg promises effective response by NATO to Russia

S-400 are "best" missile defense systems - Erdogan

Quiet situation was observed on frontline

Graduation ceremony in College of Azerbaijani Armed Forces

Saudi forces suffer heavy losses in Yemeni retaliation

Xocalı soyqırımı — 1992-ci il Bağla
Bize yazin Bağla