The Pentagon announced plans to deploy 1,500 more troops to Saudi Arabia on Friday, including two fighter squadrons, one air expeditionary wing, two Patriot missile batteries, and a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. This decision comes shortly after President Trump announced the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Northern Syria, a move that has drawn sharp criticism from both sides of the aisle due to Turkey’s now ongoing offensive campaign against American’s Kurdish allies in the region.

Among other reasons, President Trump justified the removal of between 50 and 100 troops from Northern Syria as part of his campaign promise to end America’s “Forever Wars,” which is a phrase commonly used to describe America’s near two-decade combat presence in the Middle East.

The removed troops, however, will not be coming home, according to further statements made by White House officials — and 1,500 more are now expected to be headed to the war-torn Middle East to defend against Iranian aggression.