Saudi Arabia has claimed to the US that Iran is preparing “imminent” attacks on the kingdom and northern Iraq, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
The report said that Saudi officials have shared intelligence with Washington and in response to the warning, the US, Saudi Arabia, and several other countries in the region have put their militaries on higher alert.
At this point, there’s been no indication that Iran is planning to attack Saudi Arabia besides the Saudi claim. Riyadh often blames Tehran for Houthi attacks on the kingdom, but those operations are a response to the US-backed war the Saudis have been waging on Yemen since 2015.
Since March, there have been no reported Houthi attacks in Saudi Arabia or Saudi airstrikes in Yemen. But the war could escalate at any moment as the ceasefire between the warring parties expired at the beginning of October.
The Saudis are claiming that Tehran is preparing the attacks to distract from the civil unrest inside Iran. The warning said Iran was also preparing attacks on Erbil, Iraq, in the country’s Kurdish region.
In recent weeks, Iran has launched missile strikes on Iraqi Kurdistan, targeting what they say are Kurdish separatists fomenting violence inside Iran. In one incident, the US said it shot down an Iranian drone in Iraq.
The White House National Security Council told the Journal that it was ready to respond if Iran carried out an attack. “We are concerned about the threat picture, and we remain in constant contact through military and intelligence channels with the Saudis,” an NSC spokesperson said. “We will not hesitate to act in the defense of our interests and partners in the region.”
The warning from the Saudis comes as US-Saudi relations are at a low point due to the OPEC+ decision to cut oil production ahead of the US midterm elections. The Biden administration has threatened consequences for the move but has yet to take concrete action.
18 thoughts on “Saudi Arabia Claims in Warning to US That Iran Is Preparing to Attack the Kingdom”
What a foolish move that would be by Iran. Saudi Aribia air force F-15s would tear up Iran’s air force in less than a week. After that, Saudis could bomb any target they would want to. So unless Iran is completely stupid noting will happen.
Which of course is why it is fake narrative. Iran has never shown itself to be foolish to the point of self destruction—even when provoked.
Just a reminder that we sell F-15’s to a country that had 15 of the 19 hijackers.
The 15 out of 19 hijackers is the official story, not mine.
Plus tanks and missiles. An interesting study in geo politics.
That seems extremely unlikely. That said, this can’t possibly be the same Saudi that told us to get lost when we asked them to increase their oil production can it? I expect some crafty sort at the CIA has convinced SA that they are about to be attacked.
Wow, Arent Saudi getting hammered and droned by Houthi ? How is still Houthi fighting agisnt Saudi ? Whats stoppimg Saudi to fly less amd bomb more ?
Sounds like fake news. US needs sn excuse to ratchet up Middle Eadt tensions. Saudis have repeatedly disrespected US — latest was an open disinvite c of US officials to Saudi investmen forum. Reson given? US would use the forum as lolitical platform. Saudis applied and were accepted into China-Russia led Shanghai Cooperation Organization, So is Evypt, UAE, Qatar, Iran is a ful voting rights member.
The problem is – Iraq is a captive country. Nethaniahu is coming to power, and all is set for major trouble making. An area where China and Russia have majoir influence — something needs to be dine to scare Saudis — particularly those that NBS took down from power, those that for our benefit fielded ISIS. We would dearly want to see former Crown Prince MBN back to power,
But it is too late.
Check out the progress of development Saudis embarked upon the territory bordering Jordan and
Egypt. Neom. Projected size, 30 times NYC, There is a winter sports village also planned, as those mountains actually get snow in the winter, One component — The Line, will be iver 100 miles, Anothet component, a floating city in the Red Sea,
We cannot alliw that. Development? Super high tech? Environment showcase. Resudential, business, commercial. Tourism. So clise to Israel.
And IRAN is tge danger. Nethaniahu = Iran.
For US, not wise to open anothet frint, But angry people are seldom wise.
US threatens to slow walk weapons sales to SA.
So then, SA reminds US that Iran boogie man is the same boogie man
that Israel uses. AIPAC will kick into gear to take up the slack
Interesting plot points…
works every time
Defense industries are alarmed at two prospects – GOP coming to power and reduicng the free money defense gets from tax payers routed through Ukraine and US is mulling reduction of arms sale to Saudi .Something needs to be done . Had they been allowed to sale arms to Iranian government to smash the paid ,propagandized and opportunistc rioters ,the defense wouldnt have gone to intelligence dept to introduce this weirdo assertion.
I see, a commercial ploy by the Merchants of Death (MoD) in collaboration with the Royals to preserve custom.
… ?? Not at all implausible.
The defense industry knows the GOP won’t turn the money spigots down. If it’s politically profitable to toss one Ally of the Week under the bus, they’ll just find a different Enemy of the Week that requires — ALWAYS — more, more, more “defense” spending.
Could be a false flag. Could be KSA trying to get attention from Biden. Obviously Iran has no interest in attacking KSA at this time. Russia would not allow it.
“We are concerned about the threat picture….” Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha 😉
Working with the Zionists to incite an attack.
Saudis should worry about Yemen’s missiles more than a fake news like this…!
Yeah, right, and the cow is preparing to jump over the moon.
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