Gulf nations approve US request to deploy troops

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The United States is planning to deploy military forces in the waters of the Arabian Gulf and in a number of Gulf Cooperation Council countries, according to media reports in the region.

According to a report by Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper, the American was approved by a number of GCC nations, including Saudi Arabia.

Tensions have escalated following attacks this week on a Saudi oil pipeline and a number of cargo ships in the Arabian Gulf off the coast of Fujairah in the UAE.

The reports said a number of Arab nations also plan to hold a summit on the sidelines of the Islamic summit scheduled to take place in Makkah during the last 10 days of Ramadan. They added that the countries involved “are united by principles and visions that are consistent with regional and international developments,” according to the report.

 

Via The Arab News / Al-Sharq Al-Awsat

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