US to Increase Missle Defense in Persian Gulf
The Obama administration announced that it plans to accelerate the deployment of weapons systems in the Persian Gulf to defend against possible Iranian missile attacks. Antimissile systems will be placed in various Arab countries (Qatar, the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait have all agreed to host the systems). The names of selected countries have not been released for fears of public opinion and because many gulf countries are hesitant to be seen as accepting American military aid and troops. Additionally, the US will deploy ships just off the Iranian coast. The decision is aimed to send a strong message to Iran that diplomatic measures will now be coupled with strong action, and that any Iranian hostility will be met with consequences.