Saturday, January 14, 2012

US deploys 15,000 troops in Kuwait

US troops in Kuwait. (File photo)

Source: Press TV

As the United States continues its threats of war against Iran, its Department of Defense has recently dispatched some 15,000 troops to neighboring Kuwait.

Late last year, Marine General James Mattis quietly won the White House's approval for the deployment into the small nation which is separated from Iran by a narrow stretch of the Persian Gulf.

Mattis says the deployment aims to keep Iran in check and keep the US prepared for threats in the region.

The latest deployment adds to the strong presence of US-led troops in the region in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

Although weeks have passed since the US vacated its troops from Iraq, it still has advanced presence in the area through its embassy in Baghdad, where thousands of armed military contractors are still being employed.

Also late last year, the US equipped neighboring United Emirates with advanced weaponry aimed at disrupting underground nuclear activities.

Meanwhile, the Iranian Army downed a US reconnaissance drone which had crossed over into Iran's airspace near its border with neighboring Afghanistan.

The US, Israel and their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing a military nuclear program and have used this allegation as a pretext to sway the UNSC to impose four rounds of sanctions on Iran.

Based on these accusations, they have also repeatedly threatened Tehran with the "option" of a military strike.

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