U.S. to deploy 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East

  • Wednesday 19, June 2019 11:07 AM
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: The Pentagon is set to send 1,000 additional soldiers to the Middle East amid rising tensions with Iran.
In a statement from the U.S. Department of Defense, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announced that the troops would address "air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East."

The announcement comes after two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week. The U.S. suspects Iran was responsible, claims that Tehran denies.

The deployment would include troops for additional surveillance and intelligence gathering, The Associated Press reports, citing U.S. officials.

The move is part of a military package shown to U.S. leaders last month that includes Patriot missile batteries, aircraft and ships, according to the Associated Press.