Iran has warned that any country attacks Islamic republic will see its territory turn into conflict’s main battlefield. Talking to media in Tehran, commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Hossein Salami said whoever wants their land to become main battlefield, go ahead, we will never allow any war to encroach upon Iran’s territory.
He said we will fight until full destruction of any aggressor. He further said Iran will continue to down drones that violate its airspace. Salami’s statements come after Iran came under fire after recent attacks that targeted Saudi Aramco’s oil facilities.
US Defense Minister Mark Esper denounced Friday a “dramatic escalation of Iranian aggression,” and announced that President Donald Trump had approved the deployment of American forces in the Gulf, “which will be defensive in nature.” He explained that this deployment was “a first step” in response to the attacks, at the request of Arabia and the Emirates. The number of troops and equipment sent have not been decided, but it will be a “moderate” deployment, according to the US staff.
US President Donald Trump has approved the deployment of American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia’s air defences after the biggest-ever attack on the kingdom’s oil facilities, which Washington has squarely blamed on Iran.
The Pentagon said the deployment, approved on Friday (local time), was “in response to the kingdom’s request” and would be primarily defensive in nature, involving a moderate number of US military personnel. Officials said the US deployment would likely be in the hundreds and the defensive equipment heading to the Middle East would probably include Patriot missile batteries and possibly enhanced radars.
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27 September, 2019