Iranian Officials "Ready For War" After US Troop Deployment
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Iranian Officials “Ready For War” After US Troop Deployment




Tensions continue to escalate between the United States and Iran, following the bombing of an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia. Iran denies any involvement in the attack, and a group in Yemen known Houthis have claimed responsibility for the bombing.

This scenario makes the most sense considering that Saudi Arabia is involved in a war with Yemen that has currently crippled the entire country. Tens of thousands of people in Yemen have been killed by Saudi Arabian military action, and many more have been killed as a result of the famine and cholera outbreak that was caused by a Saudi Arabian blockade.

The Houthis issued a statement insisting that they were responsible, and claiming that more attacks will occur unless Saudi Arabia stops bombing Yemen. While there is no proof that Iran was directly involved in the attack, the government of Iran is alleged to have some kind of alliance with the Houthis, and the United States government suspects that Iran somehow supplied them with their technology.


Secretary of Defence Mark Esper (L) and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford made the announcement on Friday Photo Credit: Getty

There were no casualties in the recent attack on the Saudi Arabian oil refinery. However, a large sum of money was lost, as millions of barrels of oil were destroyed, and the refinery will now be out of operation for a while, if not indefinitely. Despite the fact that there were no lives lost in this attack, the United States has rushed to the defense of their close allies in Saudi Arabia, and are now sending American troops to Saudi Arabia to help “bolster their defenses.”

During a press conference this week, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told reporters that the United States does not want war with Iran, and that President Donald Trump wants to avoid any type of conflict in the area. However, officials in Iran are not happy that they are being associated with the bombing, and they interpret this recent troop deployment as a potential act of war.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s chief commander General Hossein Salami said that the United States military would be making a huge mistake to attack Iran, and that the country’s military was prepared to defend its borders from attacks from both the Saudia Arabian and the United States militaries.

Salami also said that Iran is conducting war games in preparation for any type of conflict.

US officials are insisting that their only interest in the area is to help Saudia Arabia defend their oil refineries, which the United States obviously has a significant financial stake in.

Esper said that US forces would primarily be tasked with providing air and missile defenses for the Saudi Arabian military and providing them with additional weapons and equipment.

Things were already on shaky ground between the United States and Iran, since Donald Trump formally backed out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the former nuclear deal between the two nations. Trump has also classified Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) as a terrorist group, which has further inflamed tensions between the two governments.

This most recent problem comes after a summer of dangerously close military encounters, which involved small territorial disputes in the Strait of Hormuz.

Aaron Baldridge is an activist from the midwestern United States who was inspired to become a journalist after watching the development of the Wikileaks story and the persecution of Julian Assange. Baldridge is especially interested in topics like surveillance, foreign policy, prison reform, and the legal system.

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