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U.S. Sending Marines, Additional Warships to the Middle East Amid Rising Tensions With Iran

The U.S. is sending Marines and additional warships to Middle Eastern waters amid rising tensions with Iran, the military announced Thursday.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered the deployment of a Marine expeditionary unit and an amphibious-ready group to the region, citing Iran’s recent attempts to seize ships in the region. A MEU typically includes about 2,000 Marines transported aboard three amphibious warships that can launch helicopters and watercraft.

The announcement comes days after the Pentagon deployed F-35 and F-16 fighter jets, as well as the destroyer USS Thomas Hudner.

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