US warns of Iranian attack in the Middle East
The deployment of 14,000 additional American troops to the Persian Gulf since the spring has probably not dissuaded Iran from planning a major attack on the scale of the recent missile and drone assault on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields, Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, head of the Central Command in the Middle East says.
Gen. McKenzie said the additional troops, fighter jets and air defenses that the Pentagon has dispatched might have deterred Iran from attacking American targets, but strikes against Gulf nations were another matter.
“I think the strike on Saudi Aramco in September is pretty indicative of a nation that is behaving irresponsibly,” Gen. McKenzie said, referring to the Sept. 14 Iran-sponsored attack on Saudi facilities that took half of Riyadh’s oil production offline.
“My judgment is that it is very possible they will attack again,” he added.
Iran recently started enriching uranium beyond a limit established in a 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, a deal from which Trump withdrew. Trump has since intensified economic sanctions on Tehran, and tensions have escalated.