[size=32]Israeli newspaper: The third Gulf War will break out .. And the first spark in Iraq[/size]
Saturday, 11 May 2019 at 15:45 PM (1433 views)
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An Israeli newspaper warned of a major battle on the verge of eruption in the Gulf, saying that its first spark could erupt in Iraq and that it would be more expensive and violent than the first and second Gulf wars.
Iran and the United States are heading for a continued escalation, especially after Washington announced that the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carriers would be sent to the Gulf in response to previous Iranian threats to close the Strait of Hormuz.
The Haaretz newspaper reported Saturday (May 11th) that the situation is heading towards escalation between America and Iran in the Gulf, referring to the control of hawks on the administration of US President Donald Trump.
The United States sent the aircraft carrier, Abraham Lincoln, to the Gulf to protect its interests and face a possible Iranian threat, at a time when Iran says its army is ready.
The paper says that America and Iran are on the brink of confrontation in the Gulf, pointing to the presence of forces loyal to Iran in Syria and Iraq, could carry out pre-emptive attacks against US forces in the region.
"These attacks could drag the US military into full-scale war with Iran in the Gulf."
US President Donald Trump uses a strategy of deterrence against Iran, especially after intelligence reports indicate that pro-Iranian forces in the Middle East pose a threat to US forces in the region.
US national security adviser John Bolton, speaking on Sunday (May 5th), said sending the aircraft carrier and strategic bombers was not a war, but a willingness to respond to any possible attacks by pro-Iranian military forces in the region.
In another statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on Tuesday (May 7th), that the escalation is possible, and Washington is considering all possible responses, both in terms of security, or even politically.
The war drums are ringing in the Gulf, and the confrontation scenario could be led by Iran, if it is prevented from exporting its oil fully, the newspaper says. The forces loyal to it could start the first attack against US forces in the region, especially in Iraq.
If the war between America and Iran starts, it will cost too much, and it will be a very big war, and it could quickly expand to be more violent than the first and second Gulf wars.
Iran has a large military force, an army of more than 550,000 troops and a population of more than 80 million. In addition, the Iranian army has a huge missile arsenal and dozens of small ships, one of the biggest military threats to US forces in the Gulf.
The newspaper said that Iran has extensive influence in the region, extending from Tehran to Baghdad and Damascus, and having strategic corridors to reach the Mediterranean through Lebanon.
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