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Pentagon sends new wave of troops to Saudi Arabia even as Trump calls for ending wars

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Pentagon is sending a fresh wave of troops to Saudi Arabia to help
defend the kingdom against Iran, despite President Donald Trump’s
repeated pledges to end the U.S. military’s commitments in the Middle
East. “I have ordered the deployment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
of two additional fighter squadrons and supporting personnel,”
including two batteries of soldiers manning Patriot air-defense
missiles and another Army unit manning a larger air-defense missile
system, Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters at the Pentagon
today. The latest deployment, which includes two squadrons of fighter
jets and three air-defense units, will bring to 3,000 the number of
troops the U.S. has sent to Saudi Arabia since Iran attacked the
kingdom’s oil infrastructure last month. “The evidence recovered
so far proves that Iran is responsible for these attacks,” Esper
said, noting that Germany, France and the United Kingdom have reached
the same conclusion.

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