Trump informs Congress of sending 3,000 US troops to Saudi Arabia

Trump informs Congress of sending 3,000 US troops to Saudi Arabia
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper talks with US troops in Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia (AP)

Deterring Iran's threat, US PresidentDonald Trump has officially informed Congress of sending thefirst group of 3,000 US troops to Saudi Arabia, with the rest ofthe 3,000 soldiers to arrive within weeks.

AnnouncingUS troop movement, Trump said in his letter to Congress onTuesday that "Iran continues to threaten the security of the region, especiallythrough targeting oil installations".

WithIranian support, the Houthis launched attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities lastSeptember, which temporarily took out 5% of the global oil supply.

Trump said in his letter on Tuesday: "As I informed on July 22, we senttroops to counter Iran's aggressive behavior".

Trump continued: "I ordered the deployment of US troops tostrengthen the defenses of the region and deter Iranian provocations".

"Inaddition to those already in place, additional US troops to be sent to SaudiArabia in the next few weeks so the total number of US troops in SaudiArabia is 3,000," Trump revealed in his letter to Congress.

Trump also hinted that the deployment of additional troops in SaudiArabia includes "radars and missile systems to strengthen defenses".

Referring to the attacks, Trump said that his goal is to protect US interests and enhance force protection in the region against hostile action by Iran and its proxy forces.

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