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US deploying more Patriot missiles to Middle East

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The US has announced that it will deploy additional Patriot missiles to the after officials said intelligence indicates and its proxies could be planning to threaten American forces and interests in the region, the media reported.

Acting approved the deployment, reported on Friday.

"The Acting has approved the movement of USS and a Patriot Battery to as part of the command's original request for forces earlier this week," a statement said on Friday.

Patriots are designed to counter and destroy incoming short-range ballistic missiles, advanced aircraft and cruise missiles.

has reported that intelligence has shown that is likely moving short-range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles aboard boats in the

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

The carrier Abraham Lincoln, deployed by to the as a warning to Iran, passed through Egypt's on Thursday and is currently sailing in the

On Friday, a defense reiterated that the Iranian threat "is still real and credible and we're taking it seriously".

The deployment of the and Patriot missile battery is "meant to be defensive in nature", he told

The and the however, did not disclose where the additional US missiles will be sent but called it a "prudent measure to protect our forces".



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First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 10:16 IST