Exclusive: U.S. to Send More Troops, Possibly Thousands, to Saudi Arabia – Sources

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The United States is planning to send a large number of additional forces, possibly thousands, to Saudi Arabia following the Sept. 14 attack on its oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Iran, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday.

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

The sources did not specify exactly how many troops would be deployed or specify whether they would be replacing any other American forces that might be departing elsewhere in the region in the coming weeks or months.

The Pentagon has yet to announce, for example, whether it will replace the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and its strike group when it eventually wraps up its deployment to the Middle East.

One of the sources said the United States was also considering deploying additional air defenses to Saudi Arabia. That could not be immediately confirmed, however.

The deployment is part of a series of what the United States has described as defensive moves following the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities last month, which rattled global energy markets and exposed major gaps in Saudi Arabia’s air defenses.

Iran has responded to previous U.S. troop deployments this year with apprehension. It denies responsibility for the attack on Saudi Arabia as well as attacks on oil tankers earlier this year.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; Editing by Chris Reese and Tom Brown)

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General Confusion
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“The founding document of The United States of America, the Declaration of Independence, acknowledges God and defines us as a nation that believes in and trusts in God.” Jeffrey Moore

What flavor of Kool-Aid do you like?

You are absolutely wrong. The Founding myth strikes again. That is totally and utterly false. This was the first secular nation and for good reason, too – the founding fathers wanted to make sure that we kept religion away from good governance.

General Confusion
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The Saudis hold about $120 billion of our Treasury bills (they needed a safe place to park their money, hence the petro-dollar agreement). They are also struggling economically because of the low price of oil. Why do you think that they are selling off a fraction of Aramco?

So, along with King Donald The Loser’s own financial ties to Saudi Arabia, the US is still intimately caught up in this pickle.

General Confusion
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They’ll never stop until Christ returns. Sure wish our government officials realized that!” Jeffrey Moore

If Christ was ever going to return, he would have done that nearly 2,000 years ago. I hate to break it to you, but it just isn’t happening.

And keep religion away from our government. They already are too messed up.

General Confusion
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ISIS used American troops on Saudi soil as an excuse to recruit new terrorists. So now this idiot wants more American troops on the ground AGAIN!

He is so confused.

Paul
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Any military experts or cabinet members who know, he fires. Never has it been “America First.” It has always been “Me First,”

John Gagliano Jr
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So much for that America first business he spoke of. Could be wrong but pretty certain our military takes an oath to fight for the US not for other countries.

william jackson
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If the USA furnishes a needed service to Saudi Arabia—-then the Saudi’s need to reimburse the USA accordingly. Cost plus 40%

djr4nger
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djr4nger

Where’s Europe? They need the oil much more than we do.

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