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Are U.S. and Iran heading for war?

Iran-US: Is a New War coming?

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The US-Iran crisis has taken a new turn last week, after Donald Trump canceled a drone strike only ten minutes before it was planned. 

While Iran was opening its doors to western businesses during the Obama era, including energy companies, airlines and luxury department stores, US sanctions passed by the Trump administration have crippled the country’s economy.  

This year, diplomatic tensions between the United States and Iran only seem to have worsened. While Donald Trump reckoned Iran’s statement as “ignorant and insulting statement”, US warplanes were dispatched to Qatar over the weekend – which led experts to think a new war might be coming in the Middle East. 

Will US troops be involved?

On Wednesday, Donald Trump confirmed that a conflict with Iran might be happening. He announced that “a war with Iran would not last very long”, while confirming ground troops will not be involved.

“I’m not talking boots on the ground”, Trump added. “I’m not talking, we’re going to send a million soldiers. I’m just saying if something would happen, it wouldn’t last very long”, reported the Washington Post.

During his last press conference, Donald Trump also mentioned his decision to cancel a drone strike after Iran shot down a US drone – which was a way for the middle eastern country to show its power – and its military abilities.

The US president explained that he would have felt “bad”, as the casualties of the drone could have killed about 200 civilians.

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Sanctions on top officials

As the diplomatic situation has escalated, the White House imposed new sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as well as top officials.

Donald Trump explained that these new sanctions “will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader’s office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support”.

Iran’s economy is currently undergoing a major backlash, as Washington already “ordered all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil” last May, told Reuters.
On Monday, a joined statement signed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arabic Emirates, the United Kingdom as well as the United States shared “their concern over Middle East tensions and the dangers posed by Iranian ‘destabilizing activity’ to peace and security in Yemen and the region”, added Reuters.

US Air Force dispatched F-22 fighters

Although earlier this week Washington confirmed that there would not be troops on the ground, a CNN report confirmed that the United States Air Force has deployed F-22 aircraft fighters to Qatar on Thursday.

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“These aircraft are deployed to Qatar for the first time in order to defend American forces and interests in the US Central Command area of responsibility”, Air Force officials confirmed.
Photos were taken by the US Air Forces Central Command to confirm that war jets landed safely at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Thursday. At least five warplanes were spotted in the sky, witnesses reported.
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