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US sends additional air defence systems to Middle East

US has placed 2,000 troops in a heightened state of readiness to respond to any provocations.

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Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon said they will deploy an additional Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot air defence missile systems to the Middle East.

The goal is to secure US allies in the region as tension could spill over in the region.

Defense Secretary’s statement

US Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin said in a statement that he had a detailed discussion with the US President and warned him about Iran’s war efforts.

The statement said, “Following detailed discussions with President (Joe) Biden on recent escalations by Iran and its proxy forces across the Middle East Region, today I directed a series of additional steps to further strengthen the Department of Defense posture in the region,”

Troops on high alert

Austin’s statement asserted that he had already placed 2,000 troops in a heightened state of readiness to respond to any provocations.

“I will continue to assess our force posture requirements in the region and consider deploying additional capabilities as necessary,” the statement said.

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