President Trump will be sending over troops to Saudi Arabia after the largest oil production facility in the country was attacked earlier this week.
Both the US and Saudi Arabia said Iran was to blame for the attack, despite Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels claiming responsibility for it.
United States Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced the troop deployment during a press conference on Friday, BizPac Review reports.
“The President has approved the deployment of U.S. forces which will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defense,” Esper said. “As the President has made clear, the United States does not seek conflict with Iran. That said, we have many other military options available should they be necessary.”
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President Trump initially announced the US would be implementing increased economic sanctions against Iran, in response to the attacks.
Previously, in May of this year, Trump cautioned Iran in a tweet about threatening the US.
“If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!” he tweeted.
If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019
Here’s more from the report:
Iran and Saudi Arabia have been fighting a proxy war in Yemen for years. In fact, the conflict between Iran and SA has been going on for the past 40 years. They’re basically tribal wars over religious and political dominance, and there’s no end in sight for the bloody conflict.
On Friday, President Trump rolled out the “highest level” economic sanctions against Iran designed to further crush its flailing economy.
“Be careful,” Major-Gen Hossein Salami said on Iranian state television. “We want punishment and we will continue until the full destruction of any aggressor.”
Iran feels a false sense of confidence in trash-talking the United States because it has been secretly building up its weapons stockpile, thanks to the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal signed under Barack Obama.
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.