Tanker attacks near UAE expose weaknesses in Gulf Arab security

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Talking more about U.S. military action against Iran under the pretext of allegations that Iran is preparing strikes against USA forces in the Middle East, the article said: "The United States is poorly prepared for another conflict in the region; it has the support of none of its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, not even - as Mr. Hunt made clear - Britain". "I am committed to ensuring that majorities of the House of Representatives and the Senate make clear that before the president takes any military action, in Iran or anywhere else, he must seek authorization from Congress".

Mr Trump's administration has pursued a policy of "maximum pressure" against Iran, including tightening economic sanctions, since withdrawing the USA from a deal created to limit Iran's nuclear program previous year.

Anwar Gargash, the minister of foreign affairs for the United Arab Emirates, told reporters in Dubai that the Saudi-led coalition will "retaliate hard" for attacks on civilian targets, without elaborating.

"There are only two reasons for ordering their departure: We have credible intelligence that our people are at risk or in preparation for military action in Iran".

Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika said in a briefing to the Pentagon "there's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces" in the region, according to The Guardian.

This is far from the first time the USA has made changes to its diplomatic posture in Iraq.

It provided little evidence to support its case, but the State Department ordered all "non-emergency USA government employees" to leave Iraq.

On Monday, a U.S. official said that Iran was a leading candidate for the tanker sabotage, but the USA did not have conclusive proof.

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Qatar has grown closer to Iran diplomatically over the past two years after four Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, cut ties to protest its regional policies. "Does Trump want to go to war with Iran, especially during an election campaign year?" "Taking us into a war without Congressional authorization would be unconstitutional and illegal".

Some analysts think that reports that the U.S. is considering options to dramatically increase the number of troops it has in the Middle East are part of a pressure campaign against Iran.

The US has spent nearly two years trying to convince Europe to join a "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran, but European nations have generally distanced themselves from Trump's Iran policy.

Last week, Iran notified non-U.S. signatories of the nuclear deal-China, France, Germany, Russia, and the UK-of its decision to halt some commitments under the nuclear deal. The culprits have yet to be identified, and Iran is claiming innocence. Though Germany and the Netherlands said that they had suspended participation in a training mission for Iraqi troops, they cited general tension between the United States and Iran. But other than Netanyahu, these parties have kept quiet this week.

Saudi Arabia's Cabinet said that the "terrorist attack" reflected poorly on regional and worldwide security, the Saudi Press agency reported.

In a written statement, the governments jointly say the incident "posed a threat to the safety and security" of global shipping and maritime navigation.

Senior State Department officials are trying to tamp down concerns about the move to evacuate non-essential personnel from two diplomatic facilities in Iraq, while backing up the administration's intelligence of an Iranian threat.

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