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American Commander Warns of Iranian Strike as US-Iran Stay at Odds

US-Iran have been going on at each other for more than a while now, from lifting and re-imposing sanctions to officially stating the will to punish the Middle Eastern nation, the US-Iran relationship is far from settled.

As tensions soar, a new statement by the commander of American forces in the Middle East is likely to turn the tables around for worse. The deployment of 14,000 additional American troops in the Persian Gulf region since the Arab spring has probably not deviated Iran from conducting attacks as big as, strikes on Saudi Arabia’s oil facility, said Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the head of American Military’s Central Command.

Besides, stating that the extra number of forces, fighter jets and air defense facilities that the Pentagon has dispatched might put pressure on Iran to stay away from targeting Americans, the possibility of an attack is very much potent.

“My judgment is that it is very possible they will attack again,” he said as a sign of possible strike from Iran. “It’s the trajectory and the direction that they’re on,” he added in a second interview later in the week. “The attack on the oil fields in Saudi was stunning in the depth of its audaciousness,” he said of an assault in September that the US and its European allies blame Iran for. “I wouldn’t rule that out going forward,” he added.

Though no specific details were offered about the likely soon-to-be launched attack by Iran, but it was cleared that the American military and spy agencies have detected unspecified Iranian activity.

Drawing in the political aspects, it’s clear that Washington has also urged its Gulf allies in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Oman, to work together in fighting against smear Iranian campaigns.

The result, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE have already joined the United States, Britain, Australia and Albania to form a maritime coalition. The group oversees safe passage through Middle Eastern waterways, especially after the series of attacks on oil tankers.

However, the UAE, despite joining the coalition, has sidelined bids to apply maximum pressure on Iran. Therefore, in July, the emirate sent a Coast Guard delegation to Tehran to discuss the maritime issues.

“Unfortunately, sometimes the Iranian regime has proved itself to be the bully in the neighborhood,” General McKenzie said in his remarks. “And the only way to stand up to a bully is to do it together,” he said not laying much emphasis on UAE’s will to deescalate tensions.

The problem with US’ campaign against Iran is not the claim that the latter is the biggest sponsor of terrorism, but the troubled economic situation, which is making the civilians suffer. And yet again, as conditions convey, the US-Iran relationship is not heading towards any common effort to help the prevailing situation, especially as claims by the US commander insist everlasting danger from the Gulf nation.

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