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Tuesday 20th March 2018

New US Deployment in Middle East Includes More Patriot Missile Defences

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7Dnews London - Reuters

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 21:32 GMT

The latest deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, which was announced on Monday, June 17th, will include a Patriot missile battalion, manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft and "other deterrence capabilities," the Pentagon said on Wednesday June 19th.

"The United States does not seek conflict with Iran, but we are postured and ready to defend US forces and interests in the region," a Pentagon spokeswoman said in a statement, Reuters reported.

Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since last week's attack on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf, which Washington blamed on Tehran. Iran denies the accusations. 

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