Saudi Arabia to host US troops amid rising Iran tensions Jul 21, 2019 0 934 12345 ReutersRIYADHSaudi Arabia’s King Salman approved hosting US forces in the country to boost regional security and stability, the state news agency SPA reported on Friday.The US Defense Department confirmed the move in a statement, saying it would deploy troops and resources to Saudi Arabia to “provide an additional deterrent” in the face of “emergent, credible threats.” The gesture comes amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran in the Gulf that have impacted global oil markets.The decision on hosting US forces aims “to increase joint cooperation in defence of regional security and stability and to preserve its peace” SPA said, quoting a Ministry of Defence official, without giving further details.A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the deployment would include about 500 US military personnel in Saudi Arabia, and is part of a boost in number of US troops in Middle East that Pentagon announced last month. Trump has said he considers Saudi Arabia an important partner in Middle East and counterweight to influence of Iran. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES At least 17 killed in Ethiopia during Sidama autonomy unrest Jul 21, 2019 0 1209 Thousands stage rally for police as HK faces more mass protests Jul 21, 2019 0 172 Iran says it seized tanker after collision, Britian calls move a ‘hostile act’ Jul 21, 2019 0 193 Iraq Kurds arrest two suspects in killing of Turkish vice consul AFP Arbil, Iraq Iraqi Kurdish authorities announced Saturday they had arrested two suspects involved in the murder of three people, including a Turkish diplomat, in the regional capital Arbil this week. The autonomous .. Hong Kong actor Simon Yam stabbed on stage in China Reuters SHANGHAI An unknown assailant stabbed Hong Kong actor Simon Yam on Saturday during a promotional event in mainland China but Yam’s injuries were not life-threatening, Chinese state media reported. A video was .. Saudi-led alliance hits rebel targets in Sana’a dpa Sana’a Powerful explosions on Saturday rocked Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sana’a as a result of a string of airstrikes by the Saudi-led alliance. The bombing followed the start of a military operation by the .. Death toll rises to 15 after China gas plant blast AFP Beijing The death toll from a huge explosion that rocked a gas plant in central China has risen to 15, state media said Saturday. Friday’s blast at the Henan Coal Gas Group factory left another 15 people seriously ..