The Guardian has a learned the US government is placing a missile defense shield in the Persian Gulf to protect us allies in region.
The US will deploy a Patriot missile defense system to four nations in the middle east Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Bahrain. In addition two naval ships will remain deployed in the area as well.
The system deployment is a deterrent to Iran as well to discourage Israel from attacking Iran.
An unnamed senior administration official told the New York Times: “Our first goal is to deter the Iranians. A second is to reassure the Arab states, so they don’t feel they have to go nuclear themselves. But there is certainly an element of calming the Israelis as well.”
The chief of the US central command, General David Petraeus, said in a speech 10 days ago that countries in the region are concerned about Tehran’s military ambitions and the prospect of it becoming a dominant power in the Gulf: “Iran is clearly seen as a very serious threat by those on the other side of the Gulf front.”
The Guardian has more.