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US deploying missiles in M-E amid Iran tensions

IANS  |  Washington 

The US is deploying additional Patriot missiles in the amid escalating tensions with Iran, the media reported on Saturday.

"The Acting has approved the movement of USS Arlington and a Patriot battery to the as part of the Command's original request for forces earlier this week," quoted a statement as saying on Friday.

USS Arlington, a warship with amphibious vehicles and aircraft on board, would join the USS group in the Gulf, the reported on Saturday.

The Patriot system can counter ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft. US bombers have already arrived at a base in Qatar, said Around 5,200 US troops are deployed in neighbouring

The US said these moves were a response to a possible threat to its forces in the region by On Friday, a defence reiterated that the Iranian threat "is still real and credible and we're taking it seriously".

Though the and the did not disclose where the additional US missiles would be sent, they called it a "prudent measure to protect our forces". Pentagon in a latest statement said, was "ready to defend US forces and interests in the region", but did not seek conflict with

Officials told the USS Arlington had been scheduled to visit the region, but its deployment was brought forward to provide enhanced command and control capabilities.

The carrier Abraham Lincoln, deployed to the as a warning to Iran, passed through Egypt's on Thursday and was currently sailing in the Red Sea, the said.

According to a report citing intelligence, is likely moving short-range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles aboard boats in the

The believes cruise missiles could be launched from small Iranian boats, known as dhows. Those boats are the (IRGC) naval assets, not regular boats, officials have said.

Dismissing the US claim as nonsense, described the deployments as "psychological warfare" aimed at intimidating the country. Iran has also suggested it may resume uranium enrichment nuclear activities.

The quoted a senior Iranian as saying the fleet could be "destroyed with one missile".



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First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 19:08 IST