The Pentagon on Friday said in a statement that the United States has authorized the deployment of military personnel and resources to Saudi Arabia as tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to rise. The deployment to Saudi Arabia will reportedly consist of about 500 military personnel and is meant to boost regional stability and security. The U.S. had a military presence in Saudi Arabia between 1991 and 2003 before withdrawing. The Pentagon also laid out its plans for a multinational maritime campaign in the Gulf region which is geared toward diffusing tensions, after a series of confrontations in surrounding waters. Most recently, Iran on Friday seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.

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