U.S. President Donald Trump ordered sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia's air and missile defenses following attacks on the kingdom's oil facilities, which Saudis and Americans blamed on Iran.\r\n\r\nThe Pentagon said the deployment would involve a \u2018moderate number of troops \u2013 not in thousands - and would be primarily defensive in nature\u2019. The official statement also added details about delivery of military equipment to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.\r\n\r\n<a href="https:\/\/www.swissinfo.ch\/eng\/reuters\/united-states-sending-troops-to-bolster-saudi-defences-after-attack\/45245442">Reuters has previously reported<\/a> that the Pentagon was considering sending anti-missile batteries, drones and more fighter jets. The United States is also considering keeping an aircraft carrier in the region indefinitely.\r\n\r\n"In response to the kingdom's request, the president has approved the deployment of U.S. forces, which will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defence," U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said at a news briefing.\r\n\r\n"We will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to enhance their ability to defend themselves."\r\n\r\nThe latest decision is seen by analysts as to rule out waging retaliatory strikes against Iran following the attack.\r\n\r\nRuling out a military action, Trump has earlier announced a new round of \u2018intensive economic sanctions\u2019 against Iran, following attacks on oil-giant company '<a href="https:\/\/see.news\/?s=Aramco">Aramco<\/a>'.\r\n\r\n"Because the easiest thing I could do, 'Okay, go ahead. Knock out 15 different major things in Iran.' ... But I\u2019m not looking to do that if I can," Trump told reporters at the White House.\r\n\r\nIran denies responsibility for the attack on Saudi Arabia, and Yemen's Tehran-aligned Houthi movement, which has been battling a Saudi-led military coalition that includes the UAE, has claimed responsibility for the strikes.