BAGHDAD, The United States has begun dispatching hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia as part of its efforts to combat threats from Iran and its regional allies, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The report quoted US officials as saying that the Pentagon plans to deploy up to 500 US troops at Prince Sultan Air Base, about 150 km southwest of Riyadh, and closed by US forces. In 2003 after it was used as a major base in its air operations during the Second Gulf War and the invasion of Iraq.
The newspaper pointed out that the Commander of the US Central Command, Gen. Kenneth Mackenzie, asked the Pentagon earlier this year to strengthen its forces in the Middle East, especially the Gulf region, against the background of US intelligence reports in April about the increase of the Iranian threat to the US military troops.
The newspaper pointed out that this is a significant change in the military planning of Washington, where the military in recent years focused more on the danger of Russia and China, which led to the weakening of the United States military positions in the Middle East.
The news came after the United States announced the dropping of a plane to Iran over the strategic Strait of Hormuz, and Tehran denied the incident completely.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency