US to Send Warplanes and 3,000 Troops to Saudi Arabia to Confront Iran Following an Attack on an Iranian Tanker

Iran oil tanker on fire following attack, Youtube
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Last Friday, Iran’s National Oil Company reported that explosions ignited a fire on one of its tankers that was 60 miles from the Saudi port city of Jiddah. Iran has not stated who they suspect is the culprit. Following the news of the attack against Iran, the US announced that it will send 3,000 ground troops and two squadrons of fighter jets to Saudi Arabia to “confront” Iran. The rapid announcement of this deployment by the Pentagon suggests they were prepared for an incident like this. -GEG

Following news that an Iranian oil tanker was attacked with missiles off the coast of Saudi Arabia, the US has announced that they will send 3,000 ground troops and two squadrons of fighter jets to Saudi Arabia to “confront” Iran.

Though the timing of this seems fairly obviously linked to the missile incident, Pentagon officials made no mention that it even happened, instead citing last month’s drone attack on Saudi oil refineries, which Yemen’s Houthis claimed credit for but the US blamed on Iran.

The US had already sent troops and defensive missiles to the Saudi kingdom over the refineries. Defense Secretary Mark Esper claimed the move was based on a “heightened threat” from Iran.

Tensions are certainly higher, even if the Iranian threat is almost always overstated. Having an oil tanker hit with missiles would certainly have this effect on tensions. The rapid announcement of this deployment by the Pentagon suggests they weren’t exactly taken by surprise at this incident with the oil tanker.
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I would hope these heathens are paying for all of the equipment and troops we are sending over.

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Why does the US have to police the world?????????

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Why have ‘we’ not told Israel to go and attack Iran ? They have the fireopwer and Iran is more THEIR problem than ours.

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I kinda think that under the circumstances of having already sent troop into HARMSWAY in the battles between Saudis, Houthis, and IRAN and whomever, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN REMISS FOR MILITARY PLANNERS TO NOT HAVE A RAFT OF PLANS FOR A RAFT OF CONTINGENCIES sitting on their desks.. so the SPEED of the apparent response does NOT tell us anything….. ttyl

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