Pentagon to send troops to bolster Saudi defences after attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia's air defences after Saturday's attacks on the kingdom's oil facilities, which Washington has blamed on Iran, the Pentagon said on Friday. The Pentagon said the deployment would involve a moderate number of troops and would be primarily defensive in nature.

Reuters September 21, 2019 05:12:37 IST
Pentagon to send troops to bolster Saudi defences after attack

Pentagon to send troops to bolster Saudi defences after attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia's air defences after Saturday's attacks on the kingdom's oil facilities, which Washington has blamed on Iran, the Pentagon said on Friday.

The Pentagon said the deployment would involve a moderate number of troops and would be primarily defensive in nature. U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the deployment would not reach thousands of forces but he declined to be more specific.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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