Trump just announced he is sending a moderate force to Saudi Arabia after the Kingdom asked for help securing its oil infrastructure.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs announced the moderate deployment of US forces of air and missile defenses to protect Saudi Arabia and UAE today in a hastily called press conference.
The Iran attack came against oil facilities in the North and has caused Saudi Arabia to reassess their ability to defend the infrastructure.
The attack (drones and missiles) went undetected by Saudia Arabia’s defenses. Hundreds not thousands of troops mainly focused on air defenses.
From The Washington Examiner: “The president has approved the deployment of U.S. forces which are primarily defensive in nature,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a surprise briefing Friday night.
“We are contributing to Saudi Arabia’s defense,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford said
Esper said U.S. and Saudi officials on the ground confirmed the attack originated in Iran.
Houthi rebels initially took credit for the attacks on the Saudi oil facilities, which disrupted 5% of the world’s daily oil supply, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday there is “no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.”
President Trump said in a tweet on Sunday that the U.S. was “locked and loaded” to retaliate against whoever was responsible, adding, “There is reason to believe we know the culprit.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned on Thursday that any attack against Iran in response to the attacks would lead to “all out war.”