U.S. sends more missile defense systems amid escalation concerns

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower
The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Photo: Twitter/X)
WASHINGTONU.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said on Sunday that the Pentagon will send more U.S. missile and air defense systems to the Middle East due to the increased risk of attacks against American military assets in the region, according to Axios. اضافة اعلان

He said the additional U.S. forces have been sent to the region to send a message to anyone seeking to widen the conflict, most notably Iran and its proxies. Austin also said he placed an additional number of forces on "prepare to deploy" orders.

Secretary of State Tony Blinken said that it was taking necessary steps to protect its troops but preferred to avoid escalation. 

The U.S. also evacuated staff from their Embassy in Baghdad and Consulate in Erbil on Friday.  

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