Pentagon is to present Trump military options on Iran
Pentagon will present President Trump with a wide range of military options in response to the recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.
Sources familiar with the plan have told Associated Press that on Friday, Pentagon will present a list of potential targets in Iran for airstrikes or other options.
The president will also be warned that a military strike against the Islamic Republic could lead to war.
According to AP: “The national security meeting will likely be the first opportunity for a decision on how the U.S. should respond to the attack on a key Middle East ally. Any decision may depend on what kind of evidence the U.S. and Saudi investigators are able to provide proving that the cruise missile and drone strike was launched by Iran.”
The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General Joseph Dunford told AP: “It is my job to provide military options to the president should he decide to respond with military force.”
The Houthis of Yemen, the Iran-backed Shia militia have claimed responsibility for the attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. But Saudi Arabia and the United States say based on the evidence, Houthis could not have been responsible for the attack and the attacks were launched from South of Iran. Saudi Arabia has recovered remains of the drones and missiles used in the attacks and claims that they are Iranian made.
An American official told CBS News: “The recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities were approved by the leader of Iran Ali Khamenei, with the condition that it would be done in a way that the Islamic Republic can deny it.”
American officials say the most important evidence is still the satellite images showing Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) bases getting armed to launch the attacks.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of the Islamic Republic has threatened “all-out war” in case of an attack on Iran.