More U.S. Troops Heading to Middle East

Headline Roundup September 21st, 2019

The Pentagon plans to send additional military personnel and missiles in response to last week's attack on a major Saudi Arabian oil outpost. It's not immediately clear how many troops will be deployed.

Most reporting focused on military officials' descriptions of the troops as "defensive," and of the operation as "modest."

From the Center
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President Trump on Friday approved the deployment of U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) in response to an attack on Saudi oil facilities that the Trump administration has blamed on Iran.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper made the announcement at the Pentagon, saying “all indications are that Iran was responsible for the attack” on the two Saudi oil refineries, which were hit by drones and cruise missiles last weekend.

Saudi Arabia as well as its neighbor the UAE have since requested international support...

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From the Left
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The United States is deploying military forces to the Middle East after Saturday's drone attacks on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia that the administration of President Donald Trump has blamed on Iran.

"The president has approved the deployment of U.S. forces which will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defense," U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said at a news conference Friday.

Answering reporters' questions about the deployment, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described the troop deployment...

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From the Right
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The Pentagon is sending additional troops and missiles to Saudi Arabia in response to Iran's attack on Saudi oil facilities last weekend.

"The president has approved the deployment of U.S. forces, which are primarily defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defense," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a surprise briefing Friday night. "We will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to enhance their ability to defend themselves."

"We are contributing to Saudi Arabia's defense....

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