The Pentagon says Thursday, September 19 that the U.S. military is liaising with Saudi Arabia to prevent future attacks, following last weekend drone and cruise missile attack on Saudi oil facilities. The aim is to offer protection for the northern part of the country.
Joint Staff Spokesperson Colonel Patrick Ryder says the U.S. Central Command is talking with the Saudis “to discuss potential ways to look at mitigating future attacks. I'm not going to go into details today about what that may or may not be, but clearly as a longstanding partner in the region, we've worked closely with Saudi, for example, to help them as a defender their southern border from the Houthis.”
Ryder will not speculate on the forms of support provided, other than saying, "We certainly believe that we have the forces in the region that we need to protect our forces and to deter potential future threats from Iran."
Pentagon Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman reiterates U.S. policy on Iran: "Our goal has been to deter conflict in the Middle East. We've said that repeatedly. The president said that, the secretary has said that. We do not want conflict. What we do want is we want for Iran to return to international rules based order and to cease the malign activity that they've been promoting in the region, and to get back on the diplomatic path. And that's been the goal all along. And we're gonna continue to push with that," says Hoffman.
Hoffman states Iran is responsible for the Saudi’s oil facility raid.
Speaking to reporters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says, “I think it's abundantly clear and there is an enormous consensus in the region that we know precisely who conducted these attacks was Iran.”
Hoffman says Pentagon’s role is to advise President Donald J. Trump with military options.