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Pentagon to send antimissile batteries, jet fighters to Saudi Arabia

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The Pentagon is considering sending additional antimissile batteries, jet fighters and surveillance capabilities to Saudi Arabia, U.S. military officials said.


It will do that to support the military presence in fighting against the attack last Saturday on Saudi Arabia’s petroleum industry.


The measures under consideration also include a commitment to maintaining the presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier and other warships in the Middle East for the foreseeable future, the officials said, according to The wall Street Journal.


The extra force would be meant to show heightened resolve and to bolster defenses following Saturday’s strikes, and is under consideration as President Trump also is weighing options for a response to the attack, which U.S. officials charge was carried out by Iran.


Military officials at U.S. Central Command, which oversees operations in the Middle East, planned a series of meetings Thursday and Friday among midlevel officials and deputies to Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, who leads the command, defense officials said.

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