Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Attacking Gulf Oil Routes Exposes Alternatives to Hormuz

Attacking Gulf Oil Routes Exposes Alternatives to Hormuz

"If the US and Iran were to end up in conflict in the near future, it will be because of a miscalculation or a misperception", he told CNBC. And unlike Iraq in 2003, which is one-third the size and population of Iran, we do not have the hundreds of thousands of troops to call up and send to the Gulf. Accepting Iran as 'a destabilizing regional force, theauthor denied Trump's claim that Iran was 'the world's leading state sponsor ofterrorism as he argued that Sri Lanka bombings, the September 11 attacks, the2008 Mumbai siege, and other largest acts of worldwide terrorism 'werecarried out by brutal Sunni organizations with connections to Saudi-sponsoredWahhabism but none to Iran and described 'Wahhabism an ideological source toall major terrorist organizations.

A few days later, as U.S. Iran has apparently exercised "maximum restraints" over the US' actions against it. The country hosts more than 5,000 USA troops, and is home to powerful Iranian-backed militias, some of whom want those US forces to leave. The Iranian-backed al Houthi movement in Yemen then damaged Saudi oil facilities with drones in a second attack.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Russia, May 14, 2019.

The action was instigated by Iran recent threat to pull out of the nuclear deal, which means that may continue its uranium enrichment efforts. "Absolutely. But we have not planned for that", Trump said.

Two top Iraqi security sources also said today the United States has intelligence revealing Iran-backed militias have been positioning rockets near bases housing USA forces.

Now, the claims are built around the idea that the Iraqi militias are moving rockets into areas where they'd be within range of United States military bases.

"Only the Congress has the responsibility, the authority to declare war", responded the Defense Department's deputy undersecretary for policy, David Trachtenberg.

"They said if the US were attacked on Iraqi soil, it would take action to defend itself without coordinating with Baghdad". Military action by the US may topple the Iranian regime, but as the Iraq War demonstrated, that's hardly a victory. A USA official told Reuters late on Wednesday that the evacuation was complete.

The evacuation order came 10 days after President Donald Trump ordered the movement of an aircraft carrier task force and B-52 bombers to the Gulf to fend off an unspecified plot by Tehran to attack USA forces or allies.

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Per the NYT report citing Bolton's alleged plan, USA officials may be preparing to deploy up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter threats coming from Iran.

Last week, U.S. officials said they had detected signs of Iranian preparations for potential attacks on U.S. forces and interests in the Middle East, but Washington has not spelled out that threat, and an alert on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said that all nonessential, nonemergency U.S. government staff were ordered to leave Iraq right away under State Department orders.

It was unclear how many were affected, and there was no word on any specific threat. Visa services were suspended at the heavily-fortified U.S. missions.

Both Washington and Tehran have said they have no intention of going to war, but tensions have soared in recent weeks.

All those killed belong to the same family and all of them are civilians, he said.

Ruled by Shiite clerics, Iran has a strong influence in Iraq, especially in the country's Shiite-majority south.

But any Iranian move against the U.S. faces difficulties as it risks harming ties with neighbours, including Iraq, Therme said.

"It is nearly impossible to imagine that after the horror of the war in Iraq when we were lied to by the Bush administration and one of the leading architects was this very same, John Bolton", Sanders pointed out.

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