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PoliticsGraham warns of 'overwhelming military response' if Iran harms American interests

20:26  20 may  2019
20:26  20 may  2019 Source:   politico.com

U.S. warns merchant ships of possible Iranian attacks in Middle East

U.S. warns merchant ships of possible Iranian attacks in Middle East U.S. commercial ships including oil tankers sailing through key Middle East waterways could be targeted by Iran in one of the threats to U.S. interests posed by Tehran, the U.S. Maritime Administration said in an advisory. The U.S. military said this week that a number of B-52 bombers would be part of additional forces being sent to the Middle East to counter what the Trump administration calls "clear indications" of threats from Iran to U.S. forces there. The Islamic Republic has dismissed the U.S. contention of a threat as "fake intelligence".

"We must deliver an overwhelming military response ," he tweeted in reference to Iran . If the Iranian threats against American personnel and interests are activated we must deliver an overwhelming military Graham 's urging Trump to resist his initial instincts toward non-intervention

Iran has not threatened to block Bab al-Mandeb but has said it would block the Strait of Hormuz, at the mouth of the Gulf, if it were prevented from exporting its “ If Iran will try to block the straits of Bab al-Mandeb, I am certain that it will find itself confronting an international coalition that will be determined

Graham warns of 'overwhelming military response' if Iran harms American interests© Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Members of Congress, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, expressed frustration that they were out of the loop on what intelligence the Trump administration was seeing on Iran.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday that he believes Iran is behind recent attacks on pipelines and ships around the Middle East, and he said Tehran should expect "an overwhelming military response" if it harms "American personnel and interests” in the region.

“Just received a briefing from National Security Advisor [John] Bolton about escalating tensions with Iran,” the South Carolina Republican wrote on Twitter. “It is clear that over the last several weeks Iran has attacked pipelines and ships of other nations and created threat streams against American interests in Iraq.”

Trump Denies Iran Threat, Then Revives It in Muddled Response

Trump Denies Iran Threat, Then Revives It in Muddled Response President Donald Trump rejected a report that his administration is planning for war with Iran, but then warned he’d send “a hell of a lot more” than 120,000 troops to the Middle East in the event of hostilities. “I think it’s fake news, OK?” Trump told reporters outside the White House on Tuesday after he was asked about a New York Times report that plans envision sending 120,000 U.S. troops to fight the Islamic Republic. “Now would I do that? Absolutely,” Trump then added. “But I have not planned for that. If we did that, we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that.

Joseph Dunford, warn of "massive," " overwhelming " military response to North Korea. Earlier on Sunday Trump floated the idea of cutting off trade with China, North Korea's treaty ally and main trading partner, in response to North Korea's greatly increased provocations.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis warned on Sunday of a "massive," and " overwhelming " military response to North Korea's missile and nuclear Earlier on Sunday Trump floated the idea of cutting off trade with China, North Korea's treaty ally and main trading partner, in response to North Korea's

“The fault lies with the Iranians, not the United States or any other nation,” Graham continued. “If the Iranian threats against American personnel and interests are activated we must deliver an overwhelming military response. Stand firm Mr. President.”

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have been ramping up in recent weeks. Bolton announced the deployment of a Navy strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East earlier this month, saying it would send a "clear and unmistakable message" to Iran’s government.

Members of Congress, including Graham, had expressed frustration that they were out of the loop on what intelligence the Trump administration was seeing on Iran. After briefings on Capitol Hill last week, Democrats voiced fears that Trump could slide into war with Iran, while Republicans expressed concerns about Iran's actions.

The US military and its allies in the region can't get their story straight on the Iran threat

The US military and its allies in the region can't get their story straight on the Iran threat Hours after a general said the threat from Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria hadn't risen, US Central Command issued an unusual rebuke.

U.S. President Donald Trump's defense secretary warned North Korea on Friday of an "effective and overwhelming " response if it chose to use nuclear weapons Neither path offers certain success and the military option is fraught with huge dangers, especially for Japan and South Korea, U.S. allies in

Mattis then delivered the military threat outside the West Wing on Sunday afternoon. "Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies, will be met with a massive military response — a response both effective and overwhelming ," Mattis told reporters after meeting at the

The New York Times reported last week that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented President Donald Trump’s national security team with a plan to deploy as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East in response to U.S. intelligence that suggested Iran might be planning attacks on American people and facilities in the region.

Trump, however, said that there was no such plan and that he would send “a hell of a lot more troops than that” if he decided to project a more aggressive posture toward Tehran.

Trump again threatened Iran’s government on Sunday, warning that a military conflict would bring about “the official end” of the Middle Eastern nation.

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The United States is not pursuing a policy of regime change in Iran, White House National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Thursday. During a visit to London, Bolton also told reporters the threat from Iran was not over but that the quick response and deployment from the United States had helped deter it. The U.S. military has sent forces, including an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers, to the Middle East in a move that U.S. officials said was made to counter "clear indications" of threats from Iran to American forces in the region.

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