Esper said “all indications” are that Iran was responsible for the attacks. The troops will be deployed in a “defensive posture” to increase security, Esper said, though it was not immediately clear how many additional troops would be sent to the region.
Further details are expected to be released in the coming days.
Trump had in recent days indicated the administration believed Iran was behind the incident, but officials had refrained from saying so definitively.
Brian Hook, the administration’s special envoy for Iran, told CBS News earlier Friday that Iran was responsible for the attacks but that officials were still working to determine where the attack originated from.