US President Donald Trump is sending a modest deployment of US troops to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, along with air and missile defense systems, in response to the attacks on Saudi oil facilities the US administration blames on Iran, The New York Times reported.
The decision, which came on Friday during a White House meeting with top national security officials is “defensive in nature,” the newspaper quoted Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper as saying on Saturday.
The Pentagon would deploy additional antimissile batteries to Saudi Arabia and might also deploy additional warplanes, Defense Department officials said.
The aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln may extend its stay in the region as well, the officials noted.
Pressed by reporters about whether the administration was still considering so-called kinetic action, or military strikes, Esper said, “That’s not where we are right now.”
A senior United States official estimated that additional American forces sent to the region would number in the low hundreds.