Hook: Sending US troops to Saudi Arabia sends a powerful message to Iran

The sending of additional US troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia is going to send a powerful signal to the Iranian regime, say US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook.

“Right now, [Iran is] in a state of what we just what we call panicked aggression. And I think the attacks on Saudi Arabia on September 14th is a sign of weakness. And it’s a sign that our pressure is having a big impact on this regime,” Hook told Al Arabiya.

The Pentagon confirmed on Friday it has approved the deployment of 3,000 additional troops and military hardware to Saudi Arabia, boosting the country’s defenses after attacks on its oil installations blamed on Iran.

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper authorized the deployment of two more Patriot missile batteries, one THAAD ballistic missile interception system, two fighter squadrons, and one air expeditionary wing, the Pentagon said in a statement.

“Saudi Arabia is a security partner of the United States and we have a lot of the same interests in the region especially deterring Iranian aggression,” Hook said.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54