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US DoD Statement - Saudi Arabia Deployment

Old 11th Oct 2019, 16:20
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US DoD Statement - Saudi Arabia Deployment

2 x F-15 squadrons

1 x Expeditionary Air Wing

1 x Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) system

2 x Patriot batteries

https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Rel...to-the-kingdo/


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Old 11th Oct 2019, 17:56
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I must have missed the reports of Saudi's on the beaches of Normandy in 1944.
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Old 11th Oct 2019, 23:18
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k3k3 Your post is proof that PPRuNe needs a ĎLIKEí feature

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Old 12th Oct 2019, 01:32
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Defending Saudi against Yemen??

Wasn't Forrest Trump saying something 2 days ago about getting out of stoopid middle east wars?

Let them fight it out between themselves.
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Old 12th Oct 2019, 11:18
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Given that Bin Laden's stated beef with the US was the presence of infidel US troops on Saudi soil, does this deployment not bump up the chances of another such?
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Old 12th Oct 2019, 12:03
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How much is SA spending on weapons? And they still need mercenaries......sorry, friends to protect them.
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Old 12th Oct 2019, 15:05
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But isn't that simply down to that the fact US in the past agreed to defend Saudi in return for Saudi using the Dollar as the currency it sells oil for, so all the US has to do to buy it is to print paper. if it was to suddenly change currencies the US would be stuffed, something Saddam was threatening, hence that little excursion for the US military.
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Old 12th Oct 2019, 15:12
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Shouldn't this be the deployment to protect the Kurds??

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Old 12th Oct 2019, 17:31
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I'm afraid the Kurds (once again) have outlived their usefulness ...............
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Old 13th Oct 2019, 13:27
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What did anyone think the end state was going to be for the Kurds? A new state would have been highly unlikely to have won UN recognition as its leaders would have been portrayed as US-backed opportunists. Even if by some miracle it had emerged into statehood it would have been in a weak strategic position and lucky to last a generation before getting carved up between its neighbours. It would have needed to be propped up indefinitely, to what benefit for any external power?

Perhaps their best chance was to pursue a settlement with Assad for an autonomous region within Syria, affording the protection against Turkey that was so obviously going to be needed. That would have meant letting the Syrian Government reassert its territorial rights east of the Euphrates straight away after the defeat of IS, which regrettably they didnít do.

I canít really fault Trumpís determination to reduce the USís exposure in the Middle East. If the US is to be criticised, it would have to be for giving the Kurds reason to think that they might be able to carve out a state. They have now overreached, just as they did in Iraq.
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Old 13th Oct 2019, 18:23
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I get the idea that this deployment has to do with the presumed Iranian involvement in the recent attack on Saudi oil production facilities. I suspect (but cannot prove, I am long out of the loop) that there will be a significant operational restriction vis a vis Yemen with this deployed group.
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Old 13th Oct 2019, 19:03
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Originally Posted by Lonewolf_50 View Post
I get the idea that this deployment has to do with the presumed Iranian involvement in the recent attack on Saudi oil production facilities. I suspect (but cannot prove, I am long out of the loop) that there will be a significant operational restriction vis a vis Yemen with this deployed group.
/\ What he said, only not just Yemen but anywhere outside Saudi

It is all about the ROE. My guess is the ROE will be so restrictive that the pilots won't be able to take an in-flight piss without Sec Def's personal chop.
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Old 14th Oct 2019, 03:09
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Originally Posted by Lonewolf_50 View Post
I get the idea that this deployment has to do with the presumed Iranian involvement in the recent attack on Saudi oil production facilities. I suspect (but cannot prove, I am long out of the loop) that there will be a significant operational restriction vis a vis Yemen with this deployed group.
The impression I got was that the deployment was there to protect U.S. service personnel who may or may not be stationed in-country that are fighting Daesh. That would make the most sense, given that even 30+ years ago, Trump was openly vocal against defending Saudi Arabia and not getting anything back. He still has the same view...
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