Patrick Shanahan, US Secretary of Defense, stated that he 1,000 more US troops will be deployed to the Middle East for “defensive purposes” due to rising tensions with Iran, reported the Guardian Tuesday.
“I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East,” he said.
“The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region.”
Shanahan added that US “does not seek conflict with Iran. The action today is being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of our military personnel working throughout the region and to protect our national interests.”
The US blamed Iran for recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Monday Pentagon published images to show that Iran was responsible for the attack, the Guardian reported.
Yet, some have accused the US President Donald Trump for “manufacturing the crisis.” Former nationals security adviser Ben Rhodes commented on the matter by posting on his Twitter. “Trump pulling out of the Iran Deal has led directly and predictably to the Iranian nuclear threat getting worse and the risk of war going up,” he wrote.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website