(CNN) – President Trump has approved the deployment of U.S. forces to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
UAE and Saudi leaders requested additional U.S. Troops after a massive attack on oil facilities in the kingdom, which affected five percent of the world’s global oil supplies.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper made the announcement Friday.
“The President has approved the deployment of U.S. forces which will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defense. We will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to enhance their ability to defend themselves.”
General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the deployment “moderate” and said it would not involve thousands of additional U.S. Troops.
He added that additional details would be provided next week.
The U.S. has blamed the attack on Iran, but Tehran has denied responsibility.
Yemeni Houthi rebels have said they are behind the attack.
They’re locked in an ongoing war with Saudi Arabia and its allies for control of Yemen.
(This story was originally published on September 19, 2019)