Saudi oil stations hit by armed drones

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The Pentagon has drafted plans to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East in the event Iran launches an attack on US forces in the region or restarts its nuclear weapons program, the New York Times reported.

Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan last Thursday reportedly presented an updated military plan at a meeting of President Trump's top national security aides.

"Would I do that?" Meanwhile last month, the USA designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organization.

"The one thing can I tell with you about my work with the Department of Defense is that they plan for all sorts of scenarios".

"If the threat level seems to go up, then we'll raise our force protection measures accordingly", Ghika said.

Iran was a prime suspect in the sabotage on Sunday although Washington had no conclusive proof, a US official familiar with American intelligence said on Monday. Coalition officials have recently displayed a series of drones they claim show a growing sophistication of the Houthis, starting first with plastic foam models that could be built by a hobby kit, to one captured in April that closely resembled an Iranian-made drone.

"Sixteen years ago, the USA committed one of the worst blunders in history of our country by attacking Iraq", Sanders said in a video recorded live on Periscope and posted to Twitter.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that "there is not going to be any war" with the United States, his official website reported.

Trump, speaking to reporters, said he would "absolutely" be willing to send troops, but has not planned for that and hopes he won't have to. 8 and 9 on the East-West pipeline, which carries Saudi oil from the Eastern Province to Yanbu port, were attacked by armed drones, igniting a fire that caused minor damage to Pump Station No. 8, but it was eventually brought under control.

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Iran is embroiled in a war of words with the United States over sanctions and the US military presence in the region.

Gulf officials have characterized the damage to the tankers as sabotage.

Yadlin says that Iran's difficulties with the United States have escalated and "Iran's attempt to establish and build advanced military capabilities in Syria with Israel was a stinging failure", leaving them with far fewer options.

No UAE or Saudi official has pointed the finger at Iran.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards, designated a terrorist organization by Washington, threatened last month to close the Hormuz chokepoint if Tehran was barred from using it. No one took responsibility and no significant damage was done, but the move likely has ties to Iranian groups operating with a low signature, as a hint of capabilities. He was referring to Shiite militias in Iraq receiving support from Iran. "The chances that the Iranians will leave Israel out of the war, if it develops, are low".

The administration cited the threats as the reason for expediting the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and other military resources to the region. Judy Woodruff talks to Nick Schifrin for more. Neither we nor them (the US) seek war. It added that Saudi Aramco's oil and gas supplies have not been affected by the attack.

And Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said Monday that the incidents were "alarming and regrettable".

The president appears to want to see a renegotiation of the nuclear deal.

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