By Mac Slavo
The United States has chosen sides, and it will obviously escalate conflict. The Pentagon has now dispatched Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot battalions, which is a significant ramping up of its military footprint in the Middle East amid the Israel-Hamas conflict.
In a statement according to a report by RT on Saturday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he had “activated the deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery as well as additional Patriot battalions” in several undisclosed locations in the Middle East to increase the protection of US forces. THAAD systems have an operational range of about 200km and are designed to intercept various types of missiles. Patriots, which have recently seen action in Ukraine, have a range of up to 160km and can shoot down missiles, drones, and warplanes.
On Tuesday, CNN reported that the Pentagon had sent 2,000 Marines and sailors to the waters off Israel’s coast to “send a message of deterrence to Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.”
On Thursday, the Pentagon said its destroyer deployed in the Red Sea had shot down three missiles and several drones launched by Houthi rebels from Yemen. It noted at the time that it could not say what their intended target was, but did not rule out that the attack was meant to hit Israeli facilities. -RT
Tehran has said it will not engage in hostilities “provided that the Israeli apartheid does not dare to attack Iran, its interests, and nationals.”
Currently, the ruling classes seemed concerned about Iran’s next move. According to a report by The Associated Press, the regime has already targeted American bases within its borders, which is an escalation.
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