Tensions between the US and Iran have been growing for several months now and with the recent attacks on oil sites in Saudi Arabia carried out by the Houthi’s, the end doesn’t seem quite present just yet. Right now the US and Saudi Officials are blaming Iran for these attacks and claiming that they are helping the Houthi by supplying them with technology.
Amidst all of this, the US has pushed for an increase of troops present in the Persian Gulf, something Iran does not want and causes insecurity for their people. Just this past Sunday (September 22nd, 2019) President Hassan Rowhani denounced the presence of foreign forces in the Gulf and said Iran would prefer to a peace plan and warned foreign powers to ‘stay away.’
The South China Morning Post reported as follows in regards to some of the tension causing events as time has passed lately:
Trump in June authorized a military strike after Iran shot down a US drone, only to call off the retaliation at the last moment.
The regional crisis deepened with the September 14 attacks on Saudi energy giant Aramco’s Abqaiq processing plant and Khurais oilfield, which halved the kingdom’s oil output.
Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility, but the US says it has concluded the attacks involved cruise missiles from Iran and amounted to “an act of war”.
Saudi Arabia has warned of “appropriate measures” once the source of the strikes on its oil facilities is confirmed by a UN investigation it has sought.
Iran has for a very long time dismissed claims that the country had anything to do with backing the Houthis and have officially sent a warning to Washington via the Swiss embassy in Tehran that any attack on Iran would be met with immediate reaction not confined to the source of the strike. According to Newsweek Ali Shamkhani from the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, “Iran’s strategic policy is to reduce tensions, avoid any conflict and resolve regional crises through dialogue.” But that, “The country is fully prepared to monitor any intentions or attempt to attack the Islamic Republic or its interests and will surprise aggressors most severely through a crushing and comprehensive response to possible evil actions.”
While we do not yet know what will happen stemming from all of this, we can only hope that a peaceful resolution is made. While war doesn’t seem wanted, some sides of this are a bit more outspoken than others, and we cannot make any predictions just yet. Sure, we shouldn’t be expecting the worst but remaining as informed on the topic as possible will always be the best possible thing any of us can do.