Iran's foreign minister says Trump trying to 'fabricate' pretext to attack Iran
Jan 01 2021
Masjedi claimed Iran does not want Iraq to be dragged into its conflict with the USA, but Iranian and allied activities tell a different story.
Hossein Dehghan, a military adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Twitter he had seen news that "the Americans are on alert for fear of the revenge (over Soleimani's killing) and have flown two B-52 bombers over the Persian Gulf".
U.S. -Iran tensions are already running high, as they have for much of Trump's presidency.
U.S. Central Command headquarters are located at MacDill AFB near Tampa, Florida.
Washington fears that Tehran may retaliate against the USA before the anniversary of Soleimani's death, citing recent rocket attacks in Iraq that have hit the Green Zone in Baghdad, where the American embassy is located. Days later, Trump tweeted that Iran was on notice. "If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over", Trump wrote on December 23.
President Donald Trump recently cited "chatter" that Iran might strike.
"Iran doesn't seek war but will OPENLY & DIRECTLY defend its people, security & vital interests". For years, he had coordinated attacks on US forces and assets in the Middle East.
Media reports noted that the deployment reflects growing concerns in Washington that Iran might retaliate against the United States as the first anniversary of the USA assassination of Iranian top military commander Qassem Soleimani approaches.
"This is to deter any potential adversary, and make clear that we are ready and able to respond to any aggression directed at Americans or our interests", CENTOM head, Gen. "TBI (Trade Bank of Iraq), and more than $2 billion is overdue debt", NIGC said in a statement.
"We do not seek conflict, but no one should underestimate our ability to defend our forces or to act decisively in response to any attack", he said in a statement.
He did not mention Iran by name. "Intelligence from Iraq indicate plot to FABRICATE pretext for war". The U.S. also sent additional land-based attack planes and reestablished a troop presence in Saudi Arabia. Trump ordered that the reduction be achieved by January 15; officials say it is likely to be reached as early as next week.
Previously operating in the Middle East, some United States officials said the move could be seen an attempt to reduce tensions in the region.
But of course there's also the possibility of the Trump Administration using an Iranian provocation to launch an action that's way beyond proportionate, as well as the possibility of simply inventing a predicate for US action. Iran initially retaliated with a ballistic missile strike on a military base in neighboring Iraq that caused dozens of brain concussion injuries but no deaths among US troops. That flight was repeated this week, with two B-52s flying nonstop from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and heading home Wednesday after cruising over the western side of the Gulf.
The deployments are part of a buildup of tensions as the Middle East prepares for possible retaliation by Iran for the assassination of its top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, by Israel in November.
The deployment reflects growing concerns in Washington that Iran might retaliate against the United States.