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U.S. wants NATO to pay more to protect Saudi Arabia from Iran

Christian Fernsby |
Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he will urge allies lto contribute more to the defense of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region to counter threats from Iran.

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Topics: U.S.    NATO    SAUDI ARABIA    IRAN   

The plan is part of a broader U.S. effort to get NATO allies to take on more responsibility for Gulf security. That has included U.S. pleas for nations to send ships, aircraft and air defense systems to the region.

The U.S. has already agreed to send three Patriot missile batteries, dozens of fighter jets and other aircraft to Saudi Arabia. Esper got a look at one of the Patriot batteries Tuesday as he toured a military base there.

He says the Saudis will “help underwrite” some of the U.S. costs for the additional aid, which includes about 3,000 American troops.

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