Arie Egozi and Colin Clark, Breaking Defense: Leaks, Drones, Mystery Attacks: US-Iran Tensions Boil Hot, But…
As troops and hardware are on the move in the Gulf, diplomats signal that no one is eager for war.
TEL AVIV: In a rapid-fire series of events, Iran has reportedly rolled large numbers of missiles into the open, potentially signaling to American forces they can overwhelm them if necessary. Elsewhere, its drones have reportedly attacked Saudi Arabian oil facilities, and American B-52s were shown yesterday taking off from a base in the Persian Gulf. Back in Washington, plans for moving up to 120,000 troops to the region are leaked by seven Trump administration officials to the New York Times.
President Trump, reacting to the Times report, said today the US has not “planned” to send troops to Iran. “I think it’s fake news, okay? Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that. Hopefully we’re not going to have to plan for that. And if we did that, we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
That’s the current state of play between the US, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia and her regional allies.
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