Iran has now been blamed for at least three attacks on the Middle Eastern oil infrastructure over the course of the last month, and the United States has taken notice in a big way.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard has been identified as the most likely culprit in a series of attacks that have damaged four Saudi oil tankers, a Saudi pipeline location, and now a Japanese vessel as well, with drones, torpedoes, and even magnetic mines being utilized in the sophisticated attacks.
President Donald Trump has been hesitant toward the idea of a conflict with Iran, however, publicly rebuking national security adviser and war-hawk John Bolton on the subject. The President would prefer a diplomatic approach, it seems, but Iran’s constant escalations could make that reality a difficulty one to achieve.
In order to keep any semblance of peace in the run-up to potential talks, the Pentagon is taking action.
Iran’s announcement Monday that it could soon start enriching uranium to just a step away from weapons-grade levels challenged President Donald Trump’s assurances to allies that the U.S. withdrawal from the deal last year made the world a safer place.
The Pentagon responded by ordering 1,000 more troops to the Middle East, including security forces for additional surveillance and intelligence-gathering. The escalation of American military might was aimed at deterring Iran and calming allies worried about the safety of strategic shipping lanes .
Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, insisted Tuesday that while “we do not wage war with any nation,” Iranians will withstand mounting U.S. pressure and emerge victorious
Iran has insisted that the latest incident, the magnetic mine attack on a Japanese oil tanker, was a “false flag” attack perpetrated by US forces to frame Iran and push for war.
The leadership in Tehran has also taken to threatening the United States, claiming that “secret” weapons held by the regime would make war with Iran a disastrous one for US troops.
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