US To Deploy Troops To Saudi Arabia - Blames Iran For Oil Refinery Attack
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US To Deploy Troops To Saudi Arabia – Blames Iran For Oil Refinery Attack

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Last Saturday, a drone strike attacked two oil refining facilities in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, taking millions of barrels of petrol out of the market for a prolonged period of time. Although the attacks were claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, US President Trump’s administration has blamed the attack on the Iranian military.

US investigators have been examining circuit boards retrieved from the missiles which hit the facilities.

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Almost a week after the attack, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told the media that the US military is going to deploy troops and equipment to the region in a defensive strategy.

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US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper Photo Credit: USA Today

General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reported to the media that the deployment is “modest” and “not thousands”. Dunford said he has planned a conference with US Central Command as well as Saudi officials to be announced next week.

Secretary Esper reported that the troops would be focused primarily on air and missile defense and that the United States will expedite the shipment of military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Esper stated that the deployment to those nations is in response to “significant escalation of violence” by the Iranian military.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that although Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack, the drone strikes seemed to show evidence of Tehran’s ayatollah’s involvement.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo Credit: CNN

Esper also stated that the weapons used in the attacks were produced by Iran and not launched from Yemen as initially believed. He said Saudi Arabia is leading an investigation into the attack.

On Saturday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s chief commander responded by it stands ready for combat and “any scenario”. General Hossein Salami said, at a ceremony displaying pieces of an American drone shot down by Iranian forces, that his troops have engaged in “war exercises and are ready for any scenario,” adding that “If anyone crosses our borders, we will hit them.”

The additional troop deployment in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates further strengthens sanctions against the Iranian Banking system.

Treasury Secretary Steven Munich reported to the media on Friday that the Central Bank of Iran and the nation’s sovereign wealth fund, the National Development Fund, will be disengaged from the United State’s banking system. He said, “We are continuing the maximum pressure campaign.”

Esper told the media that he hoped this display of military might would deter any further escalation of violence. He also stated that President Trump has made it clear that he does not wish to seek conflict with Iran.

Secretary Esper said that Saudi Arabia has sought “extra defensive support” and they will send a distinct message that the United States supports its partners in the region.

This recent military strategy is also a commercial move considering that the drone strike a week ago targeted the world’s largest oil processing facility.

Esper reassured the media that the troop deployment would help ensure the “free flow of resources necessary to support the global economy.”

Russia and China have both warned against further US military intervention in the area, it is expected that both nations will send troops to Iran in response to the US deployment of troops.

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