The United States sends 1000 soldiers to the Middle East after oil tanker attacks
Two oil tankers near the Hormuz Strait were damaged by suspects on Thursday, an attack that left an ablaze and adrift when sailors were evacuated from both vessels, and the US Navy rushed to help. (June 13)
WASHINGTON – The Ministry of Defense announced Monday night that 1,000 US troops are being sent to the Middle East in response to last week's attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, the US is attacking, Iran said.
"The recent Iranian attacks affirm the reliable and credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior of Iranian forces and their proxy groups threatening US personnel and interests throughout the region," said acting defense minister Patrick Shanahan in a statement .
The troops were authorized "for defensive use to face air, naval and terrestrial threats in the Middle East," Shanahan also said.
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Last week, the Trump administration accused Tehran of being responsible for an explosion that set two oil tankers on fire from Ireland's coast.
"Iran did," said Trump on Friday during an interview on Fox News. "They were the ones who did it." He also called Iran, "a terror terrain".
State Secretary Mike Pompeo says the US believes Iran is responsible for attacks that damage two oil tankers near the Persians Gulf on Thursday. Pompeo said the attacks are part of a "campaign" of Iran's escalating tension. (June 13)
In addition, the Pentagon released the video last week that officials said that Iran's revolutionary guard removed an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeting the Hormuz Sound.
Iran has refused to be involved, and instead has accused the United States of bringing an "iranophobic campaign" against it.
Shanahan said in his statement that the request for more troops came from the US Central Command and added that he also consulted with the White House and received advice from the President of the Joint Staff, Joseph Dunford.
US relations with Iran have been strained after Trump has withdrawn from the 2015 nuclear power agreement in Iran and reintroduced sanctions against the country. The United States has repeatedly claimed that Iran is threatening US forces and facilities in the Middle East.
In his statement, Shanahan claimed that "the United States does not seek conflict with Iran."
"Today's action is taken to ensure the security and welfare of our military people working throughout the region and protecting our national interests," he said. "We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and make adjustments to force levels as needed, provide intelligence reporting, and trustworthy threats."
Contributing: John Bacon, USA TODAY and Associated Press
In response to attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Hormuz stream, acting defense minister Patrick Shanahan said Iran is not just an American problem. He said the United States' goal is to "build international consensus on this international problem." (June 14)
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