As tensions between the US and the Iran continue to escalate, the Pentagon on Monday announced that Patrick Shanahan, acting Defense Secretary, has authorized the sending of 1,000 US troops to the Middle East. The US accusation of Iranian attacks on foreign oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman heightened the need for deployment of more troops.
This has not been the first time that the US has alleged any country baselessly. Prior to this incident, the US blamed the Iranian forces for damaging four oil tankers in an off coast attack in the UAE. Due to the absence of specific evidences, they could not prove their point while Iran has largely denied the allegations.
One of the major reasons behind the escalated tensions between both the nations is the abandoned nuclear deal by the US and its move to end waivers on sanctions on countries still buying oil from Iran, affecting its economy.
Observing the increased threats and warnings of future attacks near the US embassy in Iraq, the Pentagon earlier authorized to send 1,500 more US troops to the Middle East, defending against the missile threats, drone aircraft, an engineer element, and a fighter aircraft squadron. The troop would consist of Patriot battalion for the same purpose.
Based on intelligence, the US government concluded that limpet mines deployed by Iran destroyed two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. A video of Iranian sailors retrieving an unexploded mine from one of the tankers has become viral. In the same context, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Iran saying, “the fact that no proxy groups operating in the area have the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.”
Not only did the US but also the UK officials believe that Tehran was the sole reason behind all the attacks. UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said, “It is almost certain that a branch of the Iranian military – the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – attacked the two tankers on 13 June. No other state or non-state actor could plausibly have been responsible.”
They are thus sending 100 Royal Marines to the Arabian Gulf to protect Royal Navy and merchant shipping in the area.
Justifying the deployment of more US troops, with the growing hostile behavior of Iranian forces that has threatened the US interests, Shanahan said in a statement, “In response to a request from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East.”
With the deployment of more US troops, it is evident that the Trump administration wants to get an upper hand on the rising threats. What is required is that the government should take measures to bring in peaceful negotiations for ending the long going war between both the nations.