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Four tankers sabotaged by covert ops – Iran believed responsible. IRGC proxies attack Saudi pipeline in Red Sea area. It does appear Iran is playing an escalation game, likely to support their domestic propaganda effort. The regime needs to present itself to its population as all powerful and able to confront the US, and prevail. US reviews military options.

Iran: Trump ‘dragging’ Tehran to ‘devastating’ and ‘unnecessary’ war

Iran’s ambassador to the UK said the Trump administration’s military deployment because of unspecified Iranian threats risked ‘serious miscalculation.’

White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran, in Echoes of Iraq War – The New York Times

The plans call for up to 120,000 American troops but not a land invasion of Iran. They were updated at the request of John R. Bolton, the national security adviser.

US ready to deploy 120,000 troops in Tehran war plan | World | The Times

The United States and Iran are at risk of stumbling into war by accident, the foreign secretary warned yesterday after the sabotage of four oil tankers in the Gulf.The warning came as it was revealed that the Pentagon had drawn up a new war plan for Iran on the order of President Trump’s hawkish nat

Pentagon offers White House to deploy 120,000 troops to Middle East – media – news world | UNIAN

At a meeting of U.S. President Trump’s top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons, administration officials said. It is highly uncertain whether Mr. Trump, who has sought to disentangle the United States from Afghanistan and Syria, ultimately would send so many American forces back to the Middle East.

White House reviewing military options for Iran: Report – YouTube

ABC News Published on May 14, 2019 President Donald Trump issued a warning to Iran, saying in part, “If they do anything, they will suffer greatly.”

B-52 bombers, F-15 fighters fly first deterrence sorties pointed at Iran

The Air Force began flying deterrence missions in the Middle East on Saturday, aimed at what the Pentagon has called threats from Iran.

Trump: Iran Will Not be Happy If They Make Another Move

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Trump: ‘Iran Will Suffer Greatly’ If They Do Anything

President Donald Trump promised great suffering to Iran on Monday if they ever take action against the United States.

Trump threatens Iran after oil tankers sabotaged in Persian Gulf

President Donald Trump threatened Iran with a ‘bad problem.’ Asked to clarify, he said: “You can figure it out yourself. They know what I mean by it.”

First assessment blames Iran for Middle East ship explosions, official says | Fox News

An American military team assessing blasts that damaged four commercial ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sunday has blamed Iran or Iranian-backed proxies using explosive charges, a source told Fox News on Monday evening.

Initial US analysis shows Iran likely behind attack on Saudi oil tankers

A preliminary U.S. assessment indicates Iran was likely behind the attack that caused “significant damage” to two Saudi oil tankers on Sunday, according to a new report.

The mysterious ‘sabotage’ of Saudi oil tankers is a dangerous moment in Trump’s pumped up feud with Iran | The Independent

Saudi Arabia’s claim that two of its oil tankers have been sabotaged off the coast of the UAE is vague in detail – but could create a crisis that spins out of control and into military action. Any attack on shipping in or close to the Strait of Hormuz, the 30-mile wide channel at the entrance to the Gulf, is always serious because it is the most important choke point for the

Persian Gulf Oil Tanker Attacks May Be Less Than They Appear – Bloomberg

The assault near the Strait of Hormuz will not divert too many vessels from a crucial waterway for oil shipments.

Yemeni rebels claim responsibility for drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil pipelines

Saudi Arabia says oil infrastructure sites belonging to the country’s state-run oil company Aramco have been targeted and that at least one of the attacks was carried out by drone strikes. The announcement came shortly after Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed an assault on the kingdom.

‘Maximum restraint’: Europe allies reject US escalation with Iran | Iran News | Al Jazeera

EU leaders call for calm as Secretary of State Pompeo makes surprise Brussels visit to discuss alleged Iranian threat.

EU Powers Voice Concern Over Iran Tensions Amid Talks With Pompeo In Brussels

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned that a conflict could break out “by accident” between the United States and Iran amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf.

Fears rise over potential for conflict between US and Iran

The oil price spiked Monday, with Brent crude jumping more than 1.5% in a sign of market concern over provocative behavior from both Washington and Tehran.

Two Saudi oil tankers attacked in the Persian Gulf amid rising Iran tensions – The Washington Post

The attack follows warnings that Iran might target commercial shipping in the area, though Saudi Arabia did not say who was involved.

Oil Rises as Middle East Tanker Attacks Add to Political Risks – Bloomberg

Brent crude oil rallied after Saudi Arabia said two of its tankers were attacked on Sunday, adding to the mounting geopolitical risks in the market.

🇦🇪 🇸🇦Two Saudi oil tankers among ‘sabotaged’ ships off UAE coast | Al Jazeera English – YouTube

Al Jazeera English Published on May 13, 2019 Iran is describing reports of attacks on Saudi Arabian and UAE ships as “alarming” and has called for an investigation. Riyadh says two of its oil tankers suffered significant damage in an attack on cargo ships off the UAE’s eastern coast. The Emirati government says four commercial ships sustained were “subject to sabotage” close to the port of Fujairah early on Sunday. So far, there’s been no independent confirmation of the incidents. Marwan Kabalan is the Head of Policy Analysis at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha. He joins us to discuss this.

Saudi oil tankers including one bound for US hit by ‘sabotage attack’ amid Iran standoff

TWO tankers suffered ‘significant damage’ after being attacked off the UAE coast, it was announced this morning. A huge US naval presence has built up in the Gulf over recent days amid a fevered standoff between Washington and Tehran.

US air carrier in the Gulf a target not a threat: Iran commander | USA News | Al Jazeera

War of words intensifies but former US admiral doesn’t expect the situation to escalate despite ‘the media hype’.

Iran commander calls U.S. military in Gulf a target not a threat: ISNA – Reuters

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday the U.S. military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represents a target, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported.

World War 3 ALERT: Iran sends stark warning to Trump – ‘We will HIT you in the HEAD!’ | World | News |

IRAN has warned if the US makes a military move against the Middle Eastern nation it will “hit them in the head” as tensions between the two powers continue to rise.

Iran news: Tehran’s dire threat to US fleet – ‘You will face DOZENS of missiles’ | World | News |

IRAN has warned US President Donald Trump the US fleet dispatched to the Persian Gulf will face “dozens of missiles” if it “attempts any move”, raising the prospect of a direct, explosive military confrontation.

John Bolton’s Plan for Iran – The New York Times

By nudging the United States onto a collision course with Iran, the national security adviser may be seeking to fulfill a longtime foreign policy goal.

John Bolton’s Middle East War Plans | The National Interest

This is how Donald Trump’s national security advisor could cost him the votes he needs to stay in office.

Minister warns of attacks on Israel if tensions between US, Iran escalate | TheHill

Direct or proxy Iranian attacks on Israel are possible should the stand-off between Iran and the United States get worse, an Israeli cabinet minister warned on Sunday.

Jeremy Hunt calls for calm amid fears of ‘accidental war’ between US and Iran | World | The Times

Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, expressed alarm over the danger of stumbling into war as tensions escalated between Iran and the United States after the unexplained “sabotage” of vessels, including Saudi oil tankers, in the Gulf.Sunday’s attacks on maritime traffic close to the Strait of Hormuz

Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ Won’t Make Iran Yield – Defense One

The one thing Tehran would find more intolerable than the crushing impact of sanctions is raising the white flag because of them.

U.S. Sanctions Cut Deep, but Iran Seems Unlikely to Budge – The New York Times

President Hassan Rouhani likened the impact of the sanctions to the economic pain Iran suffered during its long war with Iraq.

Iran ‘jails British Council worker for spying for UK’ – BBC News

An unnamed Iranian woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran for spying for the UK.

The Winner From Trump’s Iran Sanctions? Saudi Arabia – Bloomberg

The Saudis are cashing in on the shortage created by the U.S. president’s economic war on Iranian oil.

New Report Shows How a Pro-Iran Group Spread Fake News Online – The New York Times

A research group at the University of Toronto has untangled look-alike websites and bogus news stories that appear to echo the Iranian government’s positions.

The U.S. Has a Long History of Provoking Wars. Could Iran Be Next? | The New Yorker

Robin Wright writes on the Trump Administration’s provocations toward Iran, and the history of American Presidents instigating foreign wars.

The Best Way to Avert War with Iran? Fire John Bolton | Opinion

War could become a fait accompli if Trump keeps Bolton in the White House.

UN envoy to Mideast warns of war between Israel, Hamas | Fox News

The U.N. envoy to the Mideast says it’s the “last chance” to prevent an all-out conflict between Israel and Gaza militants.

Spain says frigate peeling off from US fleet is not a rebuke | Fox News

Spain’s decision to remove a frigate on training exercises from a U.S. combat fleet that is approaching the Persian Gulf was taken purely for “technical reasons,” the country’s defense minister said Tuesday.