Deployment to protect from ’emergent, credible threats,’ Pentagon said.
The United States is deploying military personnel and equipment to Saudi Arabia for the first time since 2003, the Pentagon announced.
“This movement of forces provides an additional deterrent, and ensures our ability to defend our forces and interests in the region from emergent, credible threats,” the U.S. Central Command said.
The deployment will consists of 500 soldiers and include air defense missiles and and F-22 stealth fighters, according to the BBC. The U.S. army left Saudi Arabia in 2003 after a twelve-year presence that started when Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1991.
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