Amid Iran tensions Pentagon approves deploying more missiles to Middle East

Amid increased tensions with Iran deployment of Patriot missile defense battery in the Middle East along with a Navy ship have been approved by Pentagon.

Earlier this week USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and US Air Force bomber task force were deployed to reciprocate heightened Iranian readiness.

With the approval the USS Arlington and a Patriot battery will be joining the already deployed teams to conduct offensive operations.

Combat-tested Patriot missile system against drones, aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles and cruise missiles is manufactured by Raytheon and is currently deployed in UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan and Bahrain.

The latest move is intended to put Tehran in pressure over support for weapons proliferation and extremist groups in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Trump ordered Wednesday new sanctions on metals imported from Iran.

Trump administration also ordered nations worldwide to stop importing oil from Iran to avoid getting trapped in sanctions of their own.

Earlier this week USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and US Air Force bomber task force were deployed to reciprocate heightened Iranian readiness.

Apart from all these, the Revolutionary Guard of Iran has been designated as a terrorist group by Washington.

Iran on its part threatened to shut Gulf’s Strait of Hormuz from where about 30 percent of oil export vessels pass to several countries in the world.

Paul Linus