U.S. sending Patriot missile system and another warship to Middle East amid Iran tensions
The USS Arlington, an amphibious transport ship, and a Patriot air defense system will be deployed to the U.S. Central Command.
“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 Department of Defense said in a statement on Fridayannouncing the moves.
National Security Adviser John Bolton said last Sunday that the U.S. was sending a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the region to send a “clear and unmistakable message” to Tehran. The Pentagon said the latest deployment followed that original request.
The decision to surge additional military forces into the Middle East was based in part on intelligence that the Iranian regime has told some of its proxy forces and surrogates that they can now go after American military personnel and assets in the region, three U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence told NBC News.
The three officials said that in addition to learning that an Iranian official had discussed attacks on Americans, the U.S. began seeing the movement of Iranian and Iranian-backed forces in various places across the region, prompting the commander of U.S. Central Command, Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie, to request additional forces move to the region.
The Pentagon’s statement on Friday said the new deployment was “in response to indications of heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations against U.S. forces and our interests.”
The strike group deployed earlier in the week consists of the USS Abraham Lincoln, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier; the USS Leyte Gulf, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser; Carrier Air Wing Seven; and destroyers from Destroyer Squadron Two.
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