- USA. officials point their finger at the elite Iranian military forces for sabotage attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf. Staff from neighboring Iraq
- US Iranian officials say no one wants war, and President Trump has denied plans to send 120,000 troops to the region.
- The US Army denied senior British commander's assessment that "there was no increased threat of Iran-backed forces to Iraq and Syria. "
US officials said they believe Iranian militants attacked four oil tankers near the Gulf over the weekend and they say CBS News senior national security correspondent David Mart is still not on the sign that Iran is backing alleged
Martin said that US officials have "reliable" and "immediate" intelligence that Iran has indicated that Shia troops in Iraq are ready to attack US troops and diplomats in the country.
On Wednesday, the State Department ordered all emergency workers and their families to leave Iraq, a nation located on the southern border of Iran, where the Iranian government is supporting various groups fighting against US troops
"US citizens in Iraq are at high risk of abuse and abduction. Many terrorist and rebel groups operate in Iraq and are regularly attacking Iraqi security forces and civilians. Sectarian militias may also threaten US citizens and Western companies across Iraq, ”said the State Department in its advice.
State Secretary Mike Pompeo renewed a short administration warning on Tuesday that the US is opposed to US interests in the Middle East, but refused to blame for tanker sabotage in Tehran
. He said he had no "concrete ties" between Tehran and tanker attacks, adding: "I think you know the answer in the coming hours and days.
On Tuesday night, in a campaign rally, President Brief emphasized that he was one of the features of his hard foreign policy, and told supporters that his administration "has dangerous regimes for reporting on oil revenues to finance their corruption, oppression and terror.
But, as Martin reported, although the US clogged the Iranian economy, the country remains dangerous.
USA. officials said that the guards of the Islamic Revolution in Iran were likely to be responsible for the Sunday attacks, which destroyed holes in the Saudi Arabian and Norwegian tanker hulls attached to the Fujairah port, just outside the Gulf.
to attach explosives to ship hulls, but defense officer told CBS News that further investigation is still needed.
Shortly sends troops to Iran
. Meanwhile, the Short Rejected the New York Times report, which says the administration plans to send 120,000 American troops to the region to fight Iran. The US has already sent an air carrier strike group and four B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf.
The denial of President's Short Times report came with a warning: "Would I do that? Absolutely, "he said when he left the White House on Tuesday. "We didn't plan for that … and if we do, we'll send out much more hell of troops."
Capitol Hill Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine blown up the president's thinking
Would be unconstitutional. There is no way for this president to push us into war with Iran, ”Kaine said.
Iran is expanding its nuclear threat
Iran strongly denied involvement in oil tankers and accused President Short of playing "a very dangerous game at risk of devastating war". There is no war. , as well as their (United States of America) to go after the war, they know it, we never started the war and never started wars, that is, the willpower confrontation and the power of our will is stronger
He rejected any talks with the current US administration
However, although he reduced the possibility of a conflict with the United States, ayatollah also abandoned the threat that Iran might have taken in a few months – almost certainly will make an important American response
Iran announced a week ago that, in response to President Trump, the US was expelled from the nuclear agreement agreed in 2015. partially waive the terms of the contract.
The Iranian regime claimed that other parties to the agreementcould not figure out how to deal with new US sanctions to continue their operations with Tehran in 60 years. day, she would enrich uranium before the transaction.
Iran allows the enrichment of uranium at a concentration of up to 4% under the terms of the nuclear transaction – the level at which it can be used in the medical and scientific fields. (19659007) The regime said that without agreement with Europe, Russia and China to maintain the 2015 target. to enrich uranium to 20 percent. – Which country officials could say it could be done in four days. This benchmark is significant because, when uranium is refined to 20%, it becomes much easier to enrich it to 90% of the weapons required
Ayatollah said on Wednesday that "20% enrichment is the hardest part. Steps are easier than this step.
It was the first hints of the Iranian regime that he could try to get the very enriched uranium needed for the atomic bomb – although Iranian officials have always denied interest in it.
Both the US and Israel have made it clear that they will not allow the Islamic Republic to acquire nuclear weapons.
. and allies on the same page?
The dissatisfaction of the European Allies with the decision of the Short Administration not only to prevent the nuclear transaction, but also to put new pressure on the Iranian regime.
Short administration and US Army officials have just discussed a week ago that they discovered a "preparation for a possible attack" on US forces at sea and on land in the Middle East.
There are still about 5,000 troops in Iraq, the Iranian border, and the state department on Wednesday said the emergency was not specifically mentioned by Iran as a consequence, it was a consequence.
Without the Iranian referral, the US Embassy's spokesman for Iraq told CBS News on Wednesday that Pompeo had outsourced US workers because "these threats are serious."
On Tuesday, however, the US Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the United Nations Military Operations in Iraq challenged the allegation of increased threat to Allied forces in the region.
"The threat of Iranian-backed forces has not increased in Iraq and Syria," according to Guardian's story of Baghdad, Pentagon, General General Christopher Ghika. “We know for sure that we have been, and we are watching them together with everyone else, because this is the environment in which we are. it seems that the threat level is rising, and we will increase the security measures of our forces accordingly.
However, the US Army central management, which oversees Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in Iraq and all other American operations in the region, was directly denied by Ghika's statement later on Tuesday.
"The latest remarks by the deputy commander of the OIR contradict the established credible threats that US and Allied intelligence data on Iran-backed forces in the region can receive," said Captain Bill, Head of the Central Command.
One US official told Martin that he was "flabbergasted" according to the British commander
Martin said the Pentagon released very little information about the intellect allegedly h eighteen Iranian threats, and it is easy to skeptical without any detail. to say exactly how intelligence is.
But Martin said he spoke to several US military officials, including those who privately disagree with the Short Administration Policy in Iraq, and that they all agreed to have intelligence about possible attacks by Iranian political groups that seem credible [19459042MeanwhiletheGermanarmyonWednesdayannouncedasuspensionofitstrainingoperationsinIraqbutsaidithadnoinformationabouttheincreasedthreatstoGermansoldiersinIran
Representative of the Ministry of Defense Jens Flosdorff mentioned increased regional tensions, confirming that German soldiers temporarily stopped training Iraqi forces "targeting our partner countries", but added that "there are no specific warnings against German targets".
The Netherlands published a similar report on its training in the face of an unspecified security threat, but French defense officials said their training mission in Iraq was similarly intact.