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US NewsPentagon says it'll send ship, missile battery to Middle East to deter Iran

08:40  11 may  2019
08:40  11 may  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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The Pentagon announced plans Friday to send a U.S. ship and a Patriot missile battery to the Middle East in an effort to deter actions from Iran . The maneuver comes after national security adviser John Bolton on Sunday said the U.S. was sending the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike

The Pentagon announced plans Friday to send a U.S. ship and a Patriot missile battery to the Middle East in an effort to deter actions from Iran .

The Pentagon announced plans Friday to send a U.S. ship and a Patriot missile battery to the Middle East in an effort to deter actions from Iran.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan gave the green light to move the USS Arlington and the Patriot battery, according to a statement. The latter is "a long-range, all-weather air defense system to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft," the Pentagon said.

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The Pentagon announced plans Friday to send a U.S. ship and a Patriot missile battery to the Middle East in an effort to deter actions from Iran . The maneuver comes after national security adviser John Bolton on Sunday said the U.S. was sending the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike.

The Pentagon is considering sending thousands more troops to the Middle East as part of an effort to beef up air defense capabilities in the face of Iranian moves that include its recent transfer of short-range missiles into Iraq, CNN has learned from multiple defense officials.

Pentagon says it'll send ship, missile battery to Middle East to deter Iran © ASSOCIATED PRESS President Donald Trump speaks during a celebration of military mothers with first lady Melania Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) “These assets will join the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a U.S. Air Force bomber task force in the Middle East region in response to indications of heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations against U.S. forces and our interests,” the Pentagon said.

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The maneuver comes after national security adviser John Bolton on Sunday said the U.S. was sending the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region, which includes the Middle East.

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will deploy a Patriot antimissile battery to the Middle East to shore up defenses against Iranian threats, part of a series of carefully calibrated deployments intended to deter attacks by Iranian forces or their proxies, Pentagon officials said on Friday.

The Pentagon said it would take “necessary measures” to defend US troops and regional allies following reports of Iranian missile strikes on “ Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq. It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran

The move was a reaction to several “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings,” Bolton said.

Pentagon says it'll send ship, missile battery to Middle East to deter Iran © ASSOCIATED PRESS President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) The Defense Department is keeping an eye on “the Iranian regime, their military and proxies,” the Pentagon said Friday while noting U.S. military readiness if a situation arises.

“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,” they said in the statement.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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