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U.S. Deploying Missile Shield to Protect American Allies in the Gulf from Attack by Tehran

The United States is dispatching Patriot defensive missiles to four countries in the Middle East — Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait. The U.S. is also keeping two ships in the Gulf capable of shooting down Iranian missiles. Washington is also helping Saudi Arabia develop a 30,000-strong military force to protect its oil installations.

The U.S. released the information by leaking it to American newspapers the administration is evidently seeking to alert Tehran to a hardening of its position.

The US navy is in the process of upgrading all its Ticonderoga class cruisers and a number of destroyers to carry the Aegis ballistic missile defense system.

Wikipedia: Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System | Ticonderoga class cruiser | Qatar | United Arab Emirates | Bahrain | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia

SOURCE: US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles