Donald Trump has ordered US military forces to the Middle East following an Iranian attack on Saudi oil facilities

Trump Orders Military Forces To Middle East

Donald Trump has ordered US military forces to the Middle East following an Iranian attack on Saudi oil facilities

Donald Trump has approved deploying U.S. military forces to Saudi Arabia following a recent attack on an oil facility there.

From CNBC:

The Pentagon will deploy U.S. forces to the Middle East on the heels of the Iranian attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced Friday.

“The United States has a responsibility to protect our citizens and our interests in the region,” Esper said.

The strikes on the world’s largest crude-processing plant and oil field forced the kingdom to shut down half of its production operations. What’s more, the event triggered the largest spike in crude prices in decades and renewed concerns of a budding conflict in the Middle East. All the while, Iran maintains that it was not behind the attacks.

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia’s defense ministry said that drone and missile debris recovered by investigators shows Iranian culpability. Saudi coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki said during a press briefing in Riyadh that all military components retrieved from the oil facilities “point to Iran.”

There was a time, however, when Trump said Saudi Arabia “should fight their own wars.”

There’s always a tweet…

(lead image via Flickr/White House – public domain)

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