Gulf countries agree to United States troop redeployment to deter Iran

Clay Curtis
May 20, 2019

President Trump warned Sunday that threats from Iran against the United States would mark that nation's "official end" - taking a sharply more aggressive tone after a rocket landed inside Baghdad's fortified Green Zone near the U.S. Embassy amid increasing tensions in the region.

"I just want to confirm what the objective of our pressure campaign (against Iran) is".

Lawyers familiar with the 2001 law and its applications say it's obvious from those moves that the Trump administration is trying to enforce the use-of-force resolution in case the President chose to strike Iran.

And when he was asked on Thursday if Washington was going to war with Tehran, Trump replied, "I hope not".

"Should we negotiate with Iran's ayatollahs?"

Mr Trump again took credit for ending the nuclear deal that his predecessor Barack Obama signed in 2015 and indicated that the strategy of isolation and sanctions is working by devastating the Iranian economy.

It comes days after mysterious sabotage attacks on several tankers in highly sensitive Gulf waters and drone strikes on a Saudi crude pipeline by Yemen rebels who Riyadh claimed were acting on Iranian orders.

Last week it was reported that after Trump publicly appealed to Iran to call him amid heightened tensions with Tehran, the White House contacted the Swiss to share the phone number.

USA officials have said it's "highly likely" the attack came from Iran.

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The United States already included some of Iran's organizations, including the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), as terrorist organizations, and Trump and his administration can use the hawks to justify a military strike, or even a war with Tehran, without the need for congressional approval. Another risky misconception among the leaders of the Islamic regime is that in the event of a war with the US, Iranians will be galvanised in the same way as they were in 1980 against Saddam Hussein.

Lloyd's of London issued a similar warning Friday of high risk to any shipments traveling through waterways in Persian Gulf, part of the Gulf of Oman, Oman and the United Arab Emirates have been added to the list of "enhanced risk for marine insurers" after attacks on ships off the UAE. "If Iran does not attack, there will not be a war".

Interestingly, leaked video footage aired on Israeli TV shows Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasting that he had personally convinced President Trump to abandon the Iran nuclear deal.

USA administration could launch a military strike against Iran without congressional approval, according to United States media reports.

Following the re-imposition of USA sanctions, a senior Iranian maritime official said Iran had adopted new tactics and new destinations in shipping its oil exports.

Iranian officials have denied involvement in the tanker attacks, saying Tehran's enemies carried them out to lay the groundwork for war against Iran.

"The ball is in Iran's court and it is up to Iran to determine what its fate will be".

No one has claimed responsibility for the incident, which caused no injuries or serious damage, but suspicion among Iraqi officials and Western diplomats fell on one of the Shiite militias that draw their strength from Iranian support.

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