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US To Deploy 500 Troops And Patriot Air Defense Battery To Air Base Near Riyadh

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US To Deploy 500 Troops And Patriot Air Defense Battery To Air Base Near Riyadh

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The US Department of Defense is to deploy 500 troops and other equipment to an air base near the Saudi capital of Riyadh, CNN reported, citing anonymous US Defense officials.

According to the sources, the troops will be deployed to the Prince Sultan Air Base, located east of Riyadh in a desert area. A small number of troops and support personnel are already on site with initial preparations being made for a Patriot missile defense battery as well as runway and airfield improvements, the officials said.

In addition, in a statement on July 18th, US Central Command chief Kenneth McKenzie pledged that the US would “aggressively” work to ensure maritime safety in strategy Persian Gulf waters.

“We are currently talking with the international community about the importance of the right of freedom of navigation in the Middle East,” McKenzie told reporters at Prince Sultan air base near Riyadh.

“We are going to work very aggressively with our partners… to come to a solution that will enable the free passage of critical oil and other commodities… through the region.”

His comment comes after US General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, last week said the US aims to form a coalition to guarantee freedom of navigation in the Gulf amid fraught relations between Washington and Tehran.

US To Deploy 500 Troops And Patriot Air Defense Battery To Air Base Near Riyadh

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The effort is called Operation Sentinel – and its goal is to “promote maritime stability, ensure safe passage, and de-escalate tensions in international waters throughout the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait (BAM) and the Gulf of Oman.” Still, showing that the US refuses to call the Persian Gulf by its actual name thousands of years after it was established as that.

On July 19th, the SPA – Saudi Arabia’s official press agency reported that an unnamed Saudi Defense Official confirmed the deployment.

“An official in the Saudi Ministry of Defense stated that based on the efforts to strengthen regional security and stability, and based on the joint cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America; His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, has approved hosting US Armed Forces in the Kingdom to increase joint cooperation in defense of regional security and stability and to preserve its peace.”

According to Reuters, the U.S. Defense Department confirmed the move in a statement, saying it would deploy troops and resources to Saudi Arabia to “provide an additional deterrent” in the face of “emergent, credible threats.”

In June, the US Department of Defense said it would deploy 1,000 troops to the Middle East but did not say where they were going.

The following satellite imagery captured by Planet Labs show an initial deployment of US troops and support personnel to the air base in mid-June, according to Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Project at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, who has studied the new images.

Subsequent imagery captured in late June and early July appear to show preparations being made to the site ahead of the deployment of US troops, Lewis said.

“A small encampment and construction equipment appeared at the end of a runway by June 27, suggesting that improvements are already underway. The encampment to the east of the runway is typical of Air Force engineering squadrons deployed overseas,” he said.

The deployment is surely tied to the recent tensions between the US and Iran. But more than anything they’re most likely a way of the US proving its support for Saudi Arabia and marking Washington’s plan to involve itself a bit further in the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen. After all, being active against the Houthis, in Washington’s perspective is fighting against “Iranian proxies.”

In April 2019, the US Congress voted to end US role in the Yemen war, but US President Donald Trump vetoed the decision.

Notably, the US continues selling weapons to Saudi Arabia. Trump said there were no U.S. military personnel in Yemen accompanying the Saudi-led coalition fighting ‘Iran-backed’ Houthis, although he acknowledged that the U.S. has provided limited support to the coalition, including intelligence sharing, logistics support, and — until recently — in-flight refueling of non-U.S. aircraft.

He said the U.S. is providing the support to protect the safety of more than 80,000 Americans who live in certain areas of the coalition countries subject to Houthi attacks from Yemen.

“Houthis, supported by Iran, have used missiles, armed drones and explosive boats to attack civilian and military targets in those coalition countries, including areas frequented by American citizens, such as the airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,” Trump said. “In addition, the conflict in Yemen represents a ‘cheap’ and inexpensive way for Iran to cause trouble for the United States and for our ally, Saudi Arabia.”

Another part of US activity in Yemen include drone attacks and special forces operations, allegedly only aimed against al-Qaeda.

The most recent strike, which New America tracks, took place on June 24th.

“On June 24, 2019, three U.S. drone strikes (recorded here as one as it is not clear if they were distinct sets and New America counts strikes in rapid succession as a single strike) killed at least five militants in Yemen’s Al Bayd’a region, according to a Xinhua report. The report cited anonymous local security sources. Asked about the strike, CENTCOM confirmed that the Office of the Secretary of Defense acknowledged a strike on June 24 in Yemen.”

According to data that can be confirmed in 2019 there have been 6 drone strikes by the US allegedly targeting al-Qaeda targets.

One thing is certain, the slow and steady build-up in the Persian Gulf region appears to not be coming to a halt, but rather is primed to continue.

The tensions are growing, especially with US claims of downing an Iranian drone, Iran openly mocking the claims, and now Iran seizing a UK tanker, amid the UK deploying more warships to the Gulf.

The pressure on Iran in recent weeks, with the seizure of its tanker by the UK, the attempt to sanction it over downing a US drone, and the reports of the USS Boxer downing an Iranian drone have been less than effective.

Thus, Washington, viewing the intervention in Yemen as a fight against “Iranian Proxies” has presumably discovered another direction from which to exert pressure.

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  • Jean de Peyrelongue

    I wander what the Prophet would say about US’s troops in Saudi-Arabia ready to fight against others muslims ?

    • Lena Jones

      Bin Laden gave three reasons for his hatred of the saudi monarchy and the US (after CIA used and abused him as asset):
      1- allowing American ‘infidel’ soldiers, especially un-hijabed females ones, onto consecrated land
      2- Israel’s brutal invasion of Lebanon in 1982
      3- US support of terrorist israel against the suffering Palestinians.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if another Bin Laden redux returns.

      They (the west) never learn, do they?

      • Decatur Guy

        Behind every US conflict/war is a (((Wall Street))) banker.

        • Lena Jones

          Behind WW1 and WW2 and the Russian Revolution and every other war in the four corners of the world since the late 1800’s is a jewish banker or two.

          • Decatur Guy

            Senator Adam Schiff’s grandfather was Jacob Schiff.

          • Jacob “Wraith” Wohl

            antisemitic trash. this is what the Nazis believed, and they were crushed and defeated! haha! Now the Jews have their own state in Israel and are stronger than ever. Deal. With. It. :-]

          • Lena Jones

            jews are the 21st century nazis and they too will be defeated hahahaha! NOBODY is more antisemitic than the convert ashkanazim jews! The MOST racist country in the world is israel – the ONLY Apartheid country in the whole wide world. Must make you real proud lol!

          • Jacob “Wraith” Wohl

            believe what you want, antisemite. You’ve been added to Josh Gladwin’s twitter list “Nazi Filth” enjoy!

          • Lena Jones

            It’s NOT a ‘belief’ it’s a frigging FACT and jew cunts like you stupidly consider FACTS as antisemitic. Nobody cares about the holocaust anymore! You deserve all the hate in the world for your numerous historic crimes against humanity. Fucking filthy jewnazi cunt!

          • Lena Jones

            Oh and it’s an honor to be added to cunt jew lists lol!

        • Jacob “Wraith” Wohl

          shut up, antisemite

    • Brother Ma

      Won’t be able to say anything as American soldiers have been in Saud before and in large numbers.

      Typical Yanks crying about the storms and rain coming from the clouds they built themselves! Freedom of navigation! Ha! Every ship has had that in the Persian Gulf and the Yankees are pushing Iran into a War just as Germany/ Austrians did with Serbia in WWI.

      If war comes we may see young men from Germany and England going to war to fight for the deep pockets of zio/evangelicals in the US. I wonder what the non -zio /non -Evangelical Yankers will think when they send their sons to possibly die in such a war?

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    Oh boy the dreaded patriot lmao

    • Jacob “Wraith” Wohl

      still much more advanced and effective than the rusty S-300 or S-400 :-]

      • KarlTheExecutor

        that is why your partner Turkey chose it instead crappy patriot,rocket nose? =)

  • Tudor Miron

    They better be careful with that patriot thingy https://youtu.be/rSwzwMAVc14
    https://youtu.be/UP2VxvQ4WaI

    • Jacob “Wraith” Wohl

      yeah remember when Syrian S-125 and BUK failed with 2 launches last December and this January trying to repel an airstrike from the IDF? :-]

      • Tudor Miron

        S-125? I’m glad that US air defence systems are starting to get close to reliability of AD systems made in 1961 (S-125)

        • Jacob “Wraith” Wohl

          you wish russkie propagandist

          • Tudor Miron

            What, can’t even get close to S-125? What a shame.

  • Rob

    Saudis enjoying US prostitutes. They don’t care whats happening in Saudi Arabia. That is why most of Saudis are HIV AIDs positive.

  • Rodger

    Looks like the US wants to fight the Houthis and Iran at the same time. I wonder what the non-royal Saudis think of US troops in Saudi Arabia.

    • Joao Alfaiate

      Very good question!

      I wonder what they think about the war in Yemen. Sure don’t seem keen to fight in it.

      I wonder if MBS is headed the same way as the Shah. Don’t think the rest of the Saudi royals care for MBS.

      • verner

        saudi is using mercenaries from sudan, ethiopia and such like poor african nations. the saudis are useless for any real purpose. aramco is run by americans/europeans and the field work as well.

  • LR captain

    IM just going to say this but if the Houthis bombs the barracks of the Americans troops i will laugh my rear end off.

    Even more so if some Americans are killed. Then what will US do?

    answer loose more troops while sending ground forces to fight the Houthi resistance cause it will come to that, air power and missile strikes won’t do it.

    american don’t care that if they 1,000 civilians and loose one of their own. They will only care about the one soldier. Witch will be used as pretext to start another round of aggression

  • Paul

    What a sad world it must be to be a uneducated hillbilly ‘serving’ in the US military, completely brainwashed by propaganda and used as cannon fodder.

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    it just occurred to me that this is happening so that iran cant try to wipe out saudi arabia, because of the risk of killing or injuring these troops, they are being sent sort of as “sacrificial pawns”, really sickening honestly

  • Jacob “Wraith” Wohl

    proper steps by the US Military to prepare for the massive upcoming war instigated by the mullah regime

    • KarlTheExecutor

      yanks got their asses handed to Iran every time they claim shot down iranian drones,lol.

  • Jacob “Wraith” Wohl

    US must protect and defend Israel at all costs

    • KarlTheExecutor

      Pussy pissrael cannot even fight against Iran directly,lol.

    • Vince Dhimos

      By provoking Iran?

  • verner

    500 body bag fillers and a patriot system and lots of other goodies – and a fat lot of good it will do – nah not one iota of a difference for mohammed bin salman (of fake leonardo da vince fame – 450m$ buy true value 1.5m$hohoho, what a dupe) who probably will face incarceration and have his head lopped off by his siblings and/or cousins in the near future. as if 500 body bag stuffers will save ras tanura when Iran decides it’s time to ruin the saudi income stream.

  • Vince Dhimos

    The Russian rep to the US-Israel-Russian meeting in Israel said Iran is and always will be Russia’s ally. There will be lots of talk, lots of symbolic moves to appease Saudi and Israel but no war.