Earlier this week, a rocket was fired into Baghdad, landing less than a mile from the U.S. Embassy. Although no one claimed responsibility for it, US intelligence believes that the Iran-backed Shiite militias in Iraq are responsible
In the face of this, and the increasing tensions with Iran, the Pentagon has asked the US administration to send up to 10,000 troops to the region. These forces would include military Naval ships, intelligence units, and Patriot missile launchers.
According to US officials, the additional troops are not meant to counter Iran’s immediate threats, but to promote stability in the Middle East. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has aid that we don’t want to provoke Iran, rather deter them.
Our biggest focus at this point is to prevent Iranian miscalculation,” he said.
The confrontation has been dramatically escalating these past few weeks ever since the US upped its sanction protocol and sent additional warships and planes to the Gulf to the region in recent days.
US President Donald Trump has made it clear that he does not want to hurt Iran, rather just that he doesn’t want them having nuclear weapons. In a recent interview with Fox News, the president reiterated his stance that he is not seeking a conflict with Tehran although his country is ready to act if necessary.
“I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons. I don’t want to fight. But you do have situations like Iran, you can’t let them have nuclear weapons,” Trump said
Even though last week, in a speech to state officials, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei declared that there will be no war with the United States; Iran’s military commander’s aren’t singing the same tune.
Commander of Iran’s Army Major General Abdolrahim has aggressively said, “Thanks God, today, all army units enjoy high morale and full combat preparedness and if the enemy makes a miscalculation or strategic mistake, they will receive a response which makes them regret.”