“This is a prudent response to credible threats from Iran,” Acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said. Trump, who approved the deployment, called it “protective.”“We want to have protection in the Middle East,” Trump told reporters as he prepared to set off on a trip to Japan. “We’re going to be sending a relatively small number of troops, mostly protective,” Trump added. Pentagon officials said the move was necessary after multiple threatening actions and several small-in-scope attacks this month by Iranian forces, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and “proxy” forces. “We view this as a campaign,” Gilday told reporters.
Source: Taipei Times May 25, 2019 15:56 UTC