US to send additional troops to the Middle East “to protect against Iran”

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US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa, Florida, on July 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The US authorities announced a decision to send 1,500 soldiers to the Middle East, explaining these actions as “a response to the threat from Iran.”

US President Donald Trump reported on sending this limited contingent before leaving for an official visit to Japan on Friday, May 24, adding that “the United States wants to have protection in the Middle East.”

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said that he had notified the US Congress of this decision and called it “a reasonable response to credible threats from Iran.” During the press conference, Assistant Secretary of Defense Catherine Wilbarger said that it was a matter of “defensive troops.”

In the framework of the same briefing, the representative of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, Vice Admiral Michael Gilday, stated that “the United States with a high degree of confidence” believes that “all” attacks against Saudi Arabia and the UAE, including the attack on the East-West oil pipeline, as well as the incident with oil tankers of Saudi Arabia in the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates near the Fujairah port “stands Iran.”

Representatives of the US Department of Defense also stated that the number of 1.5 soldiers sent to the Middle East includes personnel for the Patriot anti-aircraft missile system, UAV operators, as well as military personnel from engineering units.
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