The Trump administration has announced to send fresh military reinforcement to Gulf region amid rising tension between Iran and American ally Saudi Arabia. According to US administration, the decision to send military reinforcement has been taken on the request of Saudi Arabia and UAE. Both are closest allies of US in Gulf region.
The escalation reached to new heights between Iran and Saudi Arabia following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran. The President Trump also ordered new strict economic and trade sanctions against Iran. Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.
The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran´s central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia´s oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.
In response to the kingdom´s request, the president has approved the deployment of US forces, which will be defensive in nature, and primarily focused on air and missile defense,” said the defence Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
The Trump administration will station the American troops on the Saudi soil. The exact number of troops are yet not known and made public. This will be the first time since the first Gulf war that US troops will enter Saudi Arabia.
The deployment of US forces in Saudi Arabia is a clear indication of the fears and nervousness of Saudi regime. They are not feeling secure as the escalation intensified in the region. Despite forming the Muslim military alliance led by a former Pakistani general Raheel Sharif, the Saudi regime has requested the Trump administration to send military force.
The presence of American military force in Saudi Arabia will further escalate the tensions in Gulf region. The Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden used the presence of American forces on Saudi soil to wage war against Saudi monarchy. Al-Qaeda carried out several attacks inside Saudi Arabia to destablise the kingdom. Even though, Osama Bin Laden is dead but al-Qaeda still exists. It has been significantly weakened as the result of American led War on Terror.
The presence of American military in Saudi Arabia might become a destabilizing factor in the Gulf region. It might give confidence and sense of security to rulers in Gulf but it will certainly cause escalation with Iran.
The attacks, which knocked out half of Saudi Arabia´s oil production, have been claimed by Yemen´s Iran-backed Houthi rebels, but Washington has pointed its finger at Tehran, condemning the strikes as an “act of war.”
The Pentagon will present a broad range of military options to President Trump on Friday as he considers how to respond to what administration officials say was an unprecedented Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry.
In a White House meeting, the Republican president will be presented with a list of potential air strike targets inside Iran, among other possible responses, and he will be warned that military action against the Islamic Republic could escalate into war.
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27 September, 2019