The United States is going to send out new ground troops to Saudi Arabia. The US Department of Defense Mark Esper announced this on Saturday following recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities. Like Saudi Arabia, the US is convinced that Iran is behind the attacks.
In a press conference, Esper said, along with General Joseph Dunford, that President Donald Trump had approved the deployment of military and military equipment.
The US will also send military equipment to the United Arab Emirates to increase the country's ability to defend itself. Both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had requested help from the US.
According to the US it is not about thousands of soldiers, but it was not specified exactly how many and what units it is. The soldiers must primarily support Saudi air defense.
Saudi oil facilities were bombed last weekend. The attacks were claimed by Houthi rebels from Yemen, who are supported by Iran. Saudi Arabia, however, is convinced that Iran is behind the attacks. Iran denies any involvement in the attack.
Saudis speak of "irrefutable evidence" Iranian involvement
On Wednesday, the Saudi Defense Ministry showed wreckage allegedly from Iranian drones and cruise missiles during the bombing of the oil facilities. The ministry speaks of "irrefutable evidence" of Iranian involvement.
The Saudi army colonel Turki al-Malki states that the Houthi rebels are claiming the attack to cover Iran. According to him, the rockets came from the north, from Iran, and not from Yemen in the south.
As a result of the attacks, the oil facilities suffered a production loss of 5.7 million barrels of oil per day. This is around 5 percent of global oil production. The precise costs of repairing damage are still being calculated, but according to energy minister Abdulaziz Bin Salman, oil production in Saudi Arabia is likely to have fully recovered by the end of this month.
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