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The U.S. sent additional air defence systems to Middle East to strengthen regional influence

The U.S. has decided to send Terminal High Altitude Area Defence systems and additional Patriot battalions to the Middle East to reinforce its position.

Since the beginning of the conflict between Hamas and Israel, U.S. bases have been regularly hit by Iranian and Syrian missiles, according to US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin.

Following detailed discussions with President Joe Biden on recent escalations by Iran and its proxy forces across the Middle East region, today I directed a series of additional steps to further strengthen the Department of Defence posture in the region.

It follows that worsening tensions in the Middle East amid the conflict between Israel and Hamas are forcing the U.S. to go on alert.

Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) systems and additional Patriot battalions have also been activated at points across the region to bolster the protection of US forces. Austin also mentioned that he has deployed additional forces to prepare to deploy orders when needed to increase their readiness and ability to respond quickly if necessary.

However, he did not name the number of forces, saying only that he will continue to look into the details of U.S. forces in the region to further improve the position.

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