A Look At Where U.S. Troops And Military Assets Are Deployed In The Middle East

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Axios: Where U.S. troops and military assets are deployed in the Middle East

The U.S. has maintained a costly presence in the Middle East for decades, with at least 60,000 troops stationed around the region, according to United States Central Command.

Driving the news: The Department of Defense announced Friday it will send more American troops to Saudi Arabia following mid-September attacks on the world’s largest oil processing facility at Abqaiq and a major oil field at Khurais. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Saudi officials claim Iran was responsible for the attack, despite the nation’s denial.

By the numbers: The U.S. has nearly 800 military bases around the world, and U.S. Central Command says there are between 60,000 and 70,000 U.S. troops in the Middle East.

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WNU Editor: The U.S. military presence in the Middle East has declined over the years, but it can be easily ramp up if tensions increase.