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Iran Increases Threats to Israel and the Region

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23 Sep 2019
Iran Increases Threats to Israel and the Region
The Syrian military loyal to the regime of President Bashar Assad sent heavy weapons and reinforcements to the Israeli border region of the Golan Heights over the weekend without making an officials announcement explaining the reasons for the deployment. It came, however, amidst heightened tensions between Iran and its Arab neighbors, as well as Western nations particularly the US, which announced the deployment of additional forces in the region over the weekend, and the UK which announced that it is considering doing the same.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Sunday that “Our mission set is to avoid war. You saw what Secretary Esper announced on Friday, we are putting additional forces in the region for the purpose of deterrence and defense. If that deterrence should continue to fail, I am also confident that President Trump would continue to take the actions that are necessary."

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters on Sunday that ahead of the UN General Assembly meeting next week, arranging a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "is not the No.1 subject. The priority subject is whether we can restart a de-escalation path with the different actors."

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters on the plane flying to New York for the General Assembly meeting that his government would also attempt to alleviate the tensions between Iran and the US, however, it was also considering joining a military coalition to support Saudi Arabia following an intelligence review concluding that Iran was responsible for the recent missile attack on Saudi oil infrastructure.

The United Arab Emirates made a similar announcement last week, saying it is ready to deploy forces to support the intentional maritime security coalition to “deter threats to maritime navigation and global trade” in the Persian Gulf and surrounding waterways. The UAE would join air and naval forces from the US, UK, Australia and Bahrain in patrolling strategic waterways including the Strait of Hormuz, Bab Al Mandab and the Sea of Oman.
Here is a video giving some in-depth analysis of the situation


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