U.S. deploys more troops to Middle East, blames Iran for tanker attacks - ReutersMore US troops will be sent to the region.
Yep, 1,500 more, albeit some are already out there manning Patriot batteries and their presence will be extended:
Trump, however, described the latest deployments as defensive, in nature. The 1,500 troops include personnel manning missile defence systems, aerial surveillance to spot threats and engineers to fortify defences. It also includes a fighter jet squadron.
“We want to have protection in the Middle East. We’re going to be sending a relatively small number of troops, mostly protective,” Trump said as he left the White House for a trip to Japan.
The decision on troops marks a reversal of sorts for Trump, who only on Thursday said he thought no more forces were needed. Trump has sought to detangle the U.S. military from open-ended conflicts in places like Syria and Afghanistan.