US to deploy air defense forces to Saudi Arabia after attack on oil facilities

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US to deploy air defense forces to Saudi Arabia after attack on oil facilities
A US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet lands on the USS Ronald Reagan. ( Kim Hong-Ji/Associated Press )
A US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet lands on the USS Ronald Reagan. ( Kim Hong-Ji/Associated Press )

(NEW YORK POST) — The US will deploy “air defense forces” to Saudi Arabia amid heightening tensions in the region after oil facilities in the country were attacked last Saturday, a report said Friday.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper made the announcement at the Pentagon on Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“The president has approved the deployment of US forces, which will be defensive in nature,” Esper said.

It’s not clear how many troops were scheduled to be deployed. The US and Saudi Arabia blame Iran for the attack on Saudi’s oil facilities, which were attacked with cruise missiles and explosive drones.

Iran has denied launching the attack.

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