US deploys missile defense systems in Middle East following recent attacks

US deploys missile defense systems in Middle East following recent attacks

October 21, 2023, 11:40 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON — The United States has deployed a ballistic missile defense system and several battalions of Patriot missiles to the Middle East, the Pentagon said, days after U.S. bases and a U.S. warship were attacked by drones.

Attacks on a base in Syria and at least three in Iraq, as well as the interception of missiles and drones by a U.S. remotely piloted destroyer in the Red Sea last week, have raised fears that fighting between Israel and Hamas militants based in Gaza cannot turn into a regional conflict.

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