US President Donald Trump’s administration is expected to discuss whether to send additional troops to the Middle East after two oil tankers came under attack in the Gulf of Oman last week.
Discussions are expected to be held in the upcoming week by the administration’s national security team, Xinhua news agency quoted CNN as saying in a report on Sunday citing informed sources.
“The discussions are centering on the mission of deterrence and defence against Iranian aggression and what specific forces would be needed to conduct that mission,” said the report.
The sources revealed that the deployment of additional Patriot air defence system, fighter jets and ships could contribute to the “deterrence and defence against Iran”.
During an interview on Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo restated that Iran was behind the attacks on the two oil tankers on June 13, which Tehran has denied.