The new US deployment of 1,000 troops to the Middle East aimed at countering Iran’s activities is to allegedly include a Patriot missile battalion, manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft and “other deterrence capabilities,” according to an unnamed Pentagon spokeswoman.
MSM further cited the unnamed spokeswoman as having said the following:
“”The United States does not seek conflict with Iran, but we are postured and ready to defend U.S. forces and interests in the region.”
The notable thing regarding the quote is that it is word-for-word taken from a US Department of Defense statement from May 10th, 2019. Back then the statement announced the approval by Acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan of the USS Arlington, which is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, and a Patriot missile defense battery to US Central Command in the Middle East, to assist the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group.
This was also hinted on Twitter on June 17th by Shanahan:
1 of 4: In response to @CENTCOM's request for add'l forces, & w/the advice of the Chairman @TheJointStaff & in consultation w/the @WhiteHouse, I have authorized approx 1,000 add’l troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, & ground-based threats in the Middle East.
— Acting SecDef Pat Shanahan (@ActingSecDef) June 17, 2019
The troops were being sent “for defensive purposes to address air, naval, & ground-based threats in the Middle East.”
Separately, both Russia and China warned the US over sending the additional troops to the region.
“We call on all parties to remain rational and restrained, not to take any actions to provoke the escalation of tension in the region, and not to open a Pandora’s box,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing.
“In particular, the US side should alter its extreme pressure methods. Any unilateral behaviour has no basis in international law,” Wang said, warning that it could create “an even greater crisis”.
Wang also urged Iran to “make prudent decisions” and not “so easily abandon” the 2015 deal.
Iran has threatened to go even further in scaling down nuclear commitments by July 8 unless remaining partners to the deal – Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – help it circumvent US sanctions and especially enable it to sell its oil.
“China’s determination to safeguard the comprehensive agreement has not changed,” Wang said.
“We are willing to work with all parties to continue to make efforts for the full and effective implementation of the agreement.”
On Russia’s side, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that Washington should give up on its plan to send more troops to the Middle East and not risk war with Iran.
“Now what we see are unending and sustained US attempts to crank up political, psychological, economic and, yes, military pressure on Iran in quite a provocative way. They [the actions] cannot be assessed as anything but a conscious course to provoke war,” Ryabkov said.
President Hassan Rouhani, meanwhile, said “Iran will not wage war against any nation,” in a speech broadcast live on state TV.
The world “praises” Iran over its faceoff with the US, he said, adding: “Despite all of the Americans’ efforts in the region and their desire to cut off our ties with all of the world and their desire to keep Iran secluded, they have been unsuccessful.”
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