Pentagon to Warn Trump of Possible War as It Prepares ‘Military Options’ Against Iran – Report

Friday, September 20, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Tim Korso

Despite Yemeni Houthi militants claiming responsibility for the attack on Saudi refineries, Washington continues to insist that Tehran was behind the act. Iran has slammed the accusations as “unacceptable and entirely baseless”.

The US Defence Department will brief President Donald Trump on 20 September on a “broad range of military options” to respond to recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities, which Washington attributes to Iran without presenting any proof to substantiate the claim, the Associated Press reported. The options will reportedly include a list of potential airstrike targets inside the country, but also other non-military options.

According to the news agency, Pentagon officials will also warn Trump that picking the military option might spark a full-fledged war between the two countries.

The US president himself said that he has “many options” on the table regarding how to respond to Iran, ranging from the “ultimate option”, which he explained was “war”, to others “a lot less than that”. Earlier, he stated that Washington is “locked and loaded” to respond to the attack once Saudi Arabia points the finger at the “culprit” behind it.

Riyadh has presented pieces of the drones and missiles used in the recent attack on Saudi Aramco facilities, claiming that they are of Iranian origin. Tehran has demanded that the Saudis present evidence for them to study themselves, dismissing the accusations otherwise.

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