A US politician has admitted that President Donald Trump is “on the brink of war” with Iran – just a day after the US leader agreed to send 1,500 troops to protect against the Islamic Republic.
The US is “on the brink of war” with Iran, according to a shock admission from a leading American politician. The latest escalation in the threat of military conflict comes just a day after US President Donald Trump approved the Pentagon’s plan to send 1,500 troops to the Middle East. This comes amid rising tensions between the US and Iran, as American security officials look to counter the ”ongoing threat posed by Iranian forces”.
As part of the deployment, fighter jets, drones and other weaponry will be sent to Saudi Arabia, UAE and Jordan. The Pentagon confirmed that the deployment was in response to “an attack” on four oil tankers in the UAE and two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia. Security officials blamed this “sabotage” on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the US has recently designated a foreign terrorist organisation.
“The escalating tensions with Iran has brought us here. The American people need to understand how devastating and costly such a war would be, how it would impact almost every part of our lives. “It would take a terrible human toll: the cost of countless American service members’ lives: my brothers and sisters in uniform, the cost to civilians in the region.”However, the troop deployment is far less than the 10,000 forces that United States commanders in the region had initially sought .Under plans draw up by White House advisor John Bolton, the US would send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran sped up its work on nuclear weapons.