Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining United States President, Donald Trump, and dozens of others it believes carried out the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad.
Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday that President Trump, along with more than 30 others Iran accused of involvement in the January 3 attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani, face “murder and terrorism charges”, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
Alqasimehr did not identify anyone else sought other than President Trump but stressed Iran would continue to pursue his prosecution even after his presidency ends.
Interpol, based in Lyon, France, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Alqasimehr was also quoted as saying Iran had requested a “red notice” be put out for Mr Trump and the others, the highest-level notice issued by Interpol, requesting that seeks the location and arrest of the individual named.
Under a red notice, local authorities make the arrests on behalf of the country that requested it. The notices cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects but can put government leaders on the spot and limit suspects’ travel.
After receiving a request, Interpol meets by the committee and discusses whether or not to share the information with its member states. Interpol has no requirement for making any of the notices public, though some do get published on its website.
It is unlikely Interpol would grant Iran’s request as its guideline for notices forbids it from “undertaking any intervention or activities of a political” nature.
The US killed General Soleimani, who oversaw the Revolutionary Guard Corps’s expeditionary Quds Force, and others in the January attack near Baghdad International Airport.
The assassination came after months of incidents raising tensions between the two countries and ultimately saw Iran retaliate with a ballistic missile strike targeting American troops in Iraq.
A Black citizen based in the US blasts President Donald Trump in a super hot video.
An African American who seems to be a member of the military force angrily blasts President Donald Trump in a trending video fast gaining international attention.
The yet-to-be-known, proud African said he isn’t scared of Donald Trump and that he can single-handedly deal with him.
He used the ‘F’ word on the ‘stubborn’ president countlessly and stated how Trump has messed up a lot of African countries and blacks including Libya, Sudan, etc.
The young man hinted to be a Nigerian said he had sworn an oath to protect America with his life so his fellow Black lives matter.
He warned Trump to make justice work in George Floyd’s case and called on him to apologize for ordering the troops to shoot at protesters who may have tried to loot.
George Floyd’s murder by a Cop is causing America to gradually fall.
Mr. Chauvin, who is white, kept his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, according to the criminal complaint against him. Video shows that Mr. Chauvindid not remove his knee even after Mr. Floyd lost consciousness, and for a full minute after paramedics arrived at the scene.
Since then, there have been a massive protest and vandalization of properties in some parts of America.
The three other former officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — all of whom can be seen in our video participating in Mr. Floyd’s arrest — remain under investigation, a move protesters ain’t happy about.
The Black’s warning to Trump, according to many, is right.
In another tweet hours earlier, Donald Trump called his city to order, saying he may be forced to send officers to the hood if they continue to be violent.
He also said that when protesters start looting, shootings would as well start.
Read his tweets below:
“The National Guard has arrived on the scene. They are in Minneapolis and fully prepared. George Floyd will not have died in vain. Respect his memory!!!
I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right…..
….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
Joe Biden has in an interview with Charlamagne tha God, a popular American radio presenter said that if African Americans “have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black”, a remark which prompted a storm of controversy and fierce attacks from supporters of the president.
Donald Trump, after his speech, shared a piece of rebuttal on his verified Snapchat handle with Ghana’s ‘Dada Awu’ pallbearers video.
Joe Bidenhas, for his part, apologized over his insensitive speech.
“I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy.I shouldn’t have been so cavalier.”
Notwithstanding, Trump is using the opportunity to make the black community hate on him.
According to them, people who want to join will have to purchase a form and go through an audition for the particular position he/she wants and after an assessment is made, he/she will qualify for the position.
They mentioned that if you’re approved by the audition team, the staff is expected to pay an entry fee before he/she is accepted as a member of the group.
On whether the individual needs to be spiritually fortified, they mentioned that it’s not imperative because they do not believe in black magic but rather, they believe in the protection of the Lord.
In their plans, after they had enjoyed the needed mention by Ghanaians, the group disclosed that they have international assignments to handle after Coronavirus was over.
They also spoke on whether they use black magic in undertaking their duties.
To them, they put God first so instead of using black magic, they pray and dedicate their work in the hands of God.
President Donald Trump believes America needs more prayers to fight against the COVID-19 that is still fast increasing in his country.
Donald Trump has ordered churches, mosques and other religious places of worship to be fully functional after it was initially shut down due to the COVID-19.
According to Donald Trump, worship is very essential at the moment because that is the only tool that can unite the masses.
In a speech, he said:
“Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics essential, but have left out churches and houses of worship. It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential. Allow churches and places of worship to open right now. If there’s any question, they’re going to have to call me, but they’re not going to be successful in that call. The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, this weekend. If they don’t do it, I will override the governors.”
The USA has had over one million COVID-19 cases with 96,370 deaths and 317,000 recoveries.
American president, Donald Trump has suggested that China will be billed a substantial amount of money for the damage caused by Coronavirus.
In recent weeks, China has come under increased scrutiny for withholding early reports of the outbreak in Wuhan, despite official claims from Beijing that the country had been “transparent and responsible” since the virus first appeared.
During his press conference in the Rose Gardens at the White House, Trump said: “There are a lot of ways you can hold them accountable.
“We’re doing very serious investigations, as you probably know. And we are not happy with China. We are not happy with that whole situation.
“Because we believe it could have been stopped at the source. It could have been stopped quickly, and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world.”
After being questioned by a reporter about a German newspaper’s alleged “invoice” of $160 billion to China for “coronavirus damage”, he replied: “We could do something much easier than that.
“We have ways of doing things a lot easier than that.
“Germany’s looking at things, and we’re looking at things, and we’re talking about a lot more money than Germany’s talking about.
“We haven’t determined the final amount yet. It’s very substantial.
“If you look at the world, I mean, this is worldwide damage. This is damage to the U.S., but this is damage to the world.”
In critical times like these, it takes a leader with a strong communication force to inject some doses of motivation into the fear-stricken cold blood of his people. And Donald Trump is doing just that.
America’s Coronavirus cases in the last two weeks have been overwhelming, shocking and tough. With America being, the most powerful nation in the world in terms of finance, logistics, and facility, it was expected of them to be pragmatic about the COVID-19 and curtail its spread.
However, the story has not been easy to tell as far as the havoc the Coronavirus is wreaking in the US is concerned.
The US has, as of today, recorded several 336,851 Coronavirus cases with 9,620 deaths and 17,977 recoveries. Active cases stand at a whopping 309,254 with 8,702 under critical conditions.
The US has conducted 1,772,369 tests on and still counting and it is the epicenter
Naturally, it is normal at this time for the president to suffer severe criticisms and unpleasant bashing. But Donald Trump has been resilient in his resolve and vowed to see America come out of this.
President Donald Trump announced a plan on Tuesday to send money to Americans immediately to ease the economic shock from the coronavirus crisis and said military-style hospitals will likely be deployed to virus hot zones to care for patients.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, appearing with Trump in the White House press briefing room, said he was talking with congressional leaders on a plan to send checks immediately to displaced Americans. Trump said some people should get $1,000.
Scrambling to get a grip on an unpredictable virus that has disrupted Americans in all walks of life, Trump predicted the economic challenge will be tough short term but that the economy will eventually rebound.
“We’re going to win and I think we’re going to win faster than people think, I hope,” said Trump, surrounded by top advisers on the coronavirus crisis.
President Trump refers to the deadly coronavirus as “Chinese virus ” in his recent tweet.
A lot people have been deathly afraid of this exact moment where Trump turns to racism and xenophobia and calls COVID-19 the “Chinese Virus.”
Many people are in deep trouble as a nation now that President of the United States makes the conscious decision to go down this dark path of hate.
He has been very good up until this exact moment not to inflame racial hatred against Asian Americans when it comes to the coronavirus. But now he has opened the floodgates of hate and violence against people. I have never been this scared.
He tweeted; “The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!”
American president Donald Trump is begging his citizens not to purchase all foodstuffs from shops and keep it all to themselves due to Coronavirus.
According to him, Americans need to support one another in battling the deadly disease out of their country.
He added that he has spoken to food suppliers, and they have promised to keep supplying their products into the system.
See his tweets below:
“I ask all Americans to band together and support your neighbors by not hoarding unnecessary amounts of food and essentials. TOGETHER we will stay STRONG and overcome this challenge!
Yesterday I spoke with the great American Grocers and Supply Chain Executives. We are confident that supply will continue to meet demand nationwide. These beacons of our community will remain open for you, no matter what. We are working hard to remove any barriers to that effort!”
March 15, 2020, has been declared as National Day of Prayer by President Donald Trump as citizens wage spiritual war against the Coronavirus pandemic.
In a tweet, the Leader of the United States of America demanded that all citizens take the day as seriously as they could.
Mr. Trump believed that it will take prayer to avert the current spread of the virus across the globe and in the States.
He affirmed the need for citizens to rely on God as they always do in critical situations like these.
The country has recorded about 2,000 cases of Covid-19 with 43 deaths.
Meanwhile, the US has announced the ban of flights from 26 European nations except for returning US citizens as well as the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
It is my great honor to declare Sunday, March 15th as a National Day of Prayer. We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these….
No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!
US President Donald Trump, who has donated every one of his salary payments to government agencies or efforts since becoming president, has donated his 2019 fourth quarterly salary to the Department of Health and Human Services to help fight the coronavirus outbreak in the US.
Trump made the payment after taking a trip to the National Institute of Health on Tuesday afternoon to meet top immunologist Anthony Fauci as the US now has 100 confirmed cases of coronavirus with nine deaths recorded in Washington.
Trump’s yearly salary is $400,000 every year from which he is paid $100,000 every 3 months.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham posted on Twitter an image of the $100,000 check from Trump to HHS Secretary Alex Azar .
Last week, Trump submitted a $2.5 billion supplemental funding request to Congress to fight the spread of coronavirus, but lawmakers criticized the amount for being insufficient saying the virus needed $8 million to help in combating it.
New reports have emerged claiming that Election security officials in the United States briefed lawmakers last week that Russia was working to undermine and influence the 2020 presidential elections to help Donald Trump win.
According to the New York Times, who first reported on the briefing, Election security official Shelby Pierson said Russia’s efforts included hacking, use of social media and attacks on election infrastructure and that Russia favors Trump.
On Wednesday, Trump announced he was naming Richard Grenell, the current US ambassador to Germany and a staunch Trump loyalist as acting Director of National Intelligence, after getting angry at outgoing DNI Joseph Maguire for allowing the information about Russia’s meddling efforts to be included in the briefing to Adam Schiff and Democrat lawmakers, who used Russian meddling accusations and the Ukraine-Biden story as a basis to begin impeachment proceedings against him.
Trump was reportedly angry that Maguire’s report could be weaponized by the Democrats especially as Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election, which the US intelligence community believes was aimed at helping Trump beat Hillary Clinton — led to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation which lasted for three years.
A national security official in the Trump administration told CNN that Pierson may have misinterpreted the intelligence that Russia favored Trump. “A more reasonable interpretation of the intelligence is not that they have a preference, it’s a step short of that. It’s more that they understand the President is someone they can work with, he’s a dealmaker. But not that they prefer him over (Bernie) Sanders or (Pete) Buttigieg or anyone else. So it may have been mischaracterized by Shelby,” the official said.
“What the (intelligence community) sees as reporting the truth — a simple statement of facts in evidence without judgment — the President sees as undermining his legitimacy,” a former unnamed intelligence official told CNN. James Clapper, who was director of national intelligence under President Barack Obama reacted to the story, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” Thursday evening that Russia would again try to interfere in the 2020 US Presidential election.
“This is not a big surprise, but it illustrates the tremendous challenge that the intelligence community has where they’re teeing up facts that our President doesn’t want to hear, and with a result that the messenger got shot in the form of Joe Maguire being asked to leave,” Clapper said. It should be remembered that in July 2018 in Helsinki, Finland, Trump sided with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s assertion that Russia didn’t meddle in the 2016 election despite his intelligence community’s assessment to the contrary,
“I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” Trump told reporters as he stood beside Putin
The White House has released a photo of US President Donald Trump as he and his national security team watched Iran fire ballistic missiles at US bases in Iraq as revenge for the US killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
A photo from the Situation Room shows President Trump meeting with his security team Tuesday night and pictured around the table are White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, national security official Keith Kellogg, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, and Director of National Intelligence Joseph McGuire.
The photo which the White House had refused to publish as is customary after military operations by the US, was released by CBS News’ anchor Norah O’Donnell, who must have gotten the photo from Vice President Mike Pence, whom she announced she will be having an exclusive interview with.
President Trump addressed the nation from the White House for 10 minutes after Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases housing US troops overnight. US and Iraqi sources said there were no known casualties.
The attack was retaliation by Iran after its top general Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
President Trump said US forces are “prepared for anything,” but for now, “Iran appears to be standing down.”
“Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world,” Trump said.
Trump said, “No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime.”
“We suffered no casualties. All of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases.”
President Trump just began his remarks with this quote:
“As long as I’m President of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.”
The President is speaking from the White House about Iran. Watch it live above. We will also be posting highlights here.
Iran’s choice of missile ensured Americans would have a warning
Analysis from CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh.
Jeremy Binnie, the Middle East and Africa editor at British military magazine Jane’s Defence Weekly, said the choice of what was likely a Qiam ballistic missile carried some risk — but it also likely ensured several minutes of warning for the Americans when the attack hit their radars.
“The attack on Saudi Arabia last year used cruise missiles and UAVs, while these were ballistic missiles.” he said. “That might have been a deliberate decision to minimize damage, as the Iranians would have known that the ballistic trajectories could be picked up much more easily by radars, providing early warning of the attack”
About the Qiam missile: Binnie said that, according to images released, the missile recovered near Ain al-Assad Air Base was a Qiam, a type that was “recently upgraded with a new re-entry vehicle that has fins so that it can steer itself towards its target”
He said these missiles had been used before to attack ISIS and Kurdish rebels in Iraq, “but their accuracy and reliability was spotty.”
“Some missiles failed to reach the target area, while others missed their apparent targets,” Binnie said. “If the Iranians were aiming for uninhabited areas at the Iraqi bases, there consequently was still some risk they would accidentally hit a bunker where coalition personnel were sheltering.”
Some background: There is a growing belief among some US officials that Iran’s missiles intentionally missed areas populated by Americans , multiple Trump administration officials said.
American President, Donald Trump has warned Iran never to try and hit any part of his country or bases else risk losing a lot of lives and properties.
According to him, the United States just spent Two Trillion Dollars on Military Equipment as they prepare to face Iran in a possible World War.
He wrote on Twitter;
“The United States just spent Two Trillion Dollars on Military Equipment. We are the biggest and by far the BEST in the World! If Iran attacks an American Base, or any American, we will be sending some of that brand new beautiful equipment their way…and without hesitation!”
Trump‘s comments come following the administration warning members of Congress that Iran is expected to retaliate against the US “within weeks” for the strike, even as they failed to convince some that the operation was merited due to an imminent threat against American lives.
American President, Donald Trump has declared that his country has got the best Military officials in the world.
He also added that America has got one of the best intelligence around the world that can enable them to deal with Iran so simple.
He issued a communique following continuous warning from the Iranian government that they will pay America back.
US President Donald Trump has said that he ordered a precision strike to “terminate” a top Iranian commander who was plotting “imminent and sinister attacks” on Americans, adding that the decision was one of deterrence rather than aggression.
“We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war,” Trump said in a statement from his Mar-a-Lago resort on Friday, a day after a US drone strike on a Baghdad airport killed Qasem Soleimani.
Later, while at a Miami church for an Evangelicals for Trump event, the President said: “He was planning a very major attack and we got him.”
Iran, in a letter to the United Nations, called the attack state terrorism and an unlawful criminal act.
Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives, becoming only the third US president to suffer the ignominy and bringing him a step closer to being removed from office.
Two articles of impeachment were passed over his behavior in the Ukraine scandal – one for abuse of power and the other for obstruction of Congress.
Not a single Republican voted for either article – a fact the White House seized on to portray the Democrats’ impeachment drive as motivated by political bias.
The issue will now pass to the Senate, the other body that makes up the US Congress, which will hold a trial on whether to convict and remove Mr Trump from office next month.
But given the Republicans – Mr Trump’s party – hold the Senate majority and two-thirds of senators would need to vote for removal it is very unlikely to happen.
Even so, impeachment creates a permanent black mark on Mr Trump’s political legacy that he shares with only two past presidents – Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.
Addressing cheering supporters at a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, as the House delivered its historic verdict, Mr Trump was dismissive and defiant.
“They’ve been trying to impeach me from day one,”he said.
“After three years of sinister witch hunts, hoaxes, scams, tonight, House Democrats are trying to nullify the ballots of tens of millions of patriotic Americans.”
Article one, abuse of power, passed with 230 votes to 197. Two Democrats voted against it. Article three, obstruction of Congress, passed with 229 votes to 197. Three Democrats voted against.
In the biggest surprise of the night, Tulsi Gabbard, the Hawaii congresswoman running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, voted ‘present’, meaning she did not back impeachment.
She later explained that US voters should be allowed to decide Mr Trump’s fate in next November’s election. “My vote today is a vote for much-needed reconciliation and hope that together we can heal our country,” she said in a statement.
The vote plunges Mr Trump into uncharted political waters. No US president has ever won re-election after being impeached.
Mr Johnson, impeached in 1868, failed to win his party’s next presidential nomination. Bill Clinton, impeached in 1998, stood down when his second term ended in January 2000.
Yet there are perils, too, for the Democrats. The country is split down the middle on impeachment according to polls and moderate Democrats seeking re-election in pro-Trump districts could face a backlash.
Mr Trump, who had tweeted his fury and urged supporters to pray for him throughout Wednesday, showed no signs of remorse over the scandal which triggered impeachment during his rally.
“Crazy Nancy Pelosi’s House Democrats have branded themselves with an eternal mark of shame,” the president said, referencing the Democratic House speaker who decided to go for impeachment.
The Democrats have a comfortable majority in the House, which allowed them to win the impeachment vote without any Republican support.
“Every single Republican voted for us,” Mr Trump said, reacting to the result in real time. “The Republican Party has never been so affronted but they have never been so united as they are right now.”
It was a message echoed by the White House, which immediately issued a statement after the vote in the name of Mr Trump’s press secretary, Stephanie Grisham.
The opening line read: “Today marks the culmination in the House of one of the most shameful political episodes in the history of our Nation.”
The two Democrats who voted against both articles of impeachment were Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who is now expected to join the Republicans, and Collin Peterson of Minnesota.
Both hold districts which are supportive of Mr Trump. Jared Golden, a Democrat from Maine, voted against the obstruction of Congress article.
Congressmen had rushed forward to the front of the House chamber when the first vote was called, signing red or green voting slips representing “nay” or “yea” and then handing them to the clerks to count.
There was a ripple of applause from Democrats when the first article of impeachment passed, but Ms Pelosi motioned for silence and their clapping soon stopped.
Ms Pelosi has repeatedly called impeachment a sad and solemn process, wary of appearing too partisan to voters. She wore black for the day of the vote itself.
“We could not be prouder or more inspired than by the moral courage of the House Democrats,” Ms Pelosi said in a press conference afterwards. “We never asked one of them how they were going to vote. We never whipped this vote.”
With less than a year to go before the election, Mr Trump’s campaign began the fightback against the impeachment vote within minutes of the result.
A fundraising email sent in Mr Trump’s name called for $4 million to be raised in the next 24 hours. “It’s US against THEM in this impeachment war,” it read. “And we need to strike first.”
Following long hours of debate amongst US Lawmakers, Donald Trump has been impeached as the President of the United States after majority of the House voted on the articles of impeachment Wednesday night.
In a historic move, the House of Representatives passed two articles of impeachment against President Trump amd lawmakers voted primarily along party lines to impeach Trump, a move that will further divide and polarize the already much polarized nation. There were 230 votes in favour of Impeachment from Democrats while there were 197 nays by Republicans against Impeachment.
One member, Democratic Rep. And presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, refused to vote yay or nay but voted present.
While the impeachment voting was going on, Trump was holding a fiery rally with tens of thousands of his supporters in Michigan.
Trump is accused by Democrats of abuse of power and obstruction of congress, after he allegedly withdrew aid to Ukraine unless Ukraine’s government launched an investigation into his domestic rival, Joe Biden.
Trump is now officially the third sitting US President to be impeached and he will now face the Senate, controlled by his party, in a trial.
US president Donald Trump has distanced himself from his personal lawyer and former Mayor of New York, Rudy Guiliani, saying he never directed the lawyer to work with Ukraine to dig up dirt on his political opponents.
Giuliani has publicly said that he investigated concerns over 2016 Ukrainian collusion and corruption on behalf of the president and now Federal prosecutors are investigating Giuliani’s actions in Ukraine.
Remember that the House of Reps started impeachment proceedings against Trump after a whistleblower alleged that Trump demanded that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over unsubstantiated corruption allegations while Hunter was a director at an Energy company in Ukraine.
In an interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that streamed online Tuesday, Trump said: “No, I didn’t direct him, but he is a warrior.”
“Rudy has other clients, other than me,” Trump noted. “He’s done a lot of work in Ukraine over the years.”
Remember In Trump’s July 25 call with Zelenksy, he said: “Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you. I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General.”
“Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great.”
President Trump confirmed the death of the ISIS leader during a press conference at the White House.
“Last night the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead,” Trump said.
“He was the founder and leader of ISIS. The most ruthless and violent terror organization anywhere in the world. The United States has been searching for Baghdadi for many years. Capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the top national security priority of my administration,”he said.
Baghdadi joined Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which merged with other Islamist groups to form the Islamic State of Iraq. He became the group’s leader in 2010 after his predecessor was killed by US forces.
US President Donald Trump on Friday, September 20th approved the deployment of thousands of American troops to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in response to an attack on Saudi oil facilities.
The approval was announced at the Pentagon by Defense Secretary Mark Esper. He said the deployment was at the request of Saudi Arabia, after its oil facilities were targeted in drone and missile attacks.
“In response to the Kingdom’s request, the president has approved the deployment of U.S. forces, which will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defense, ” Esper said.
He added that “all indications” are that Iran was responsible for the attacks. The troops will be deployed in a “defensive posture” to increase security, Esper said, though it was not immediately clear how many additional troops would be sent to the region.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Dunford said it would not be “thousands” of troops. Trump had in recent days indicated the administration believed Iran was behind the incident, but officials had refrained from saying so definitively.