As we look around the world today, concerns are being raised about the possibility that a new “Axis of Authoritarianism” could be rising within the global scene. Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran have all been seen cooperating with one another in some amalgam or another, and often directly collaborating as well.
Now, with tensions running high on the global stage, it appears as though Iran is aiming to take a major step toward World War III with an “imminent” attack on US and Saudi Arabian interests in the Middle East.
The United States and Saudi Arabia are on high alert after Saudi intelligence shared with the U.S. indicated that Iran is expected to carry out an attack on targets in Saudi Arabia, the Wall Street Journal reported.Advertisement - story continues below
Officials from both countries reportedly told the Journal about the concern over coming attacks. Saudi officials said that in addition to Saudi Arabia, Iran is also looking to strike Erbil, Iraq, where U.S. troops are located. The planned attacks are said to be intended as a distraction from protests taking place in Iran against the Islamic nation’s leadership.
US officials were preparing for the worst.
Pentagon press secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said Tuesday during a press briefing that the U.S. remains “concerned” about “the threat situation in the region” and is “in regular contact” with Saudi officials.
“We will reserve the right to protect and defend ourselves no matter where our forces are serving, whether in Iraq or elsewhere,” Ryder said, declining to give information about any specific threat.
Iran has been directly engaged in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine of late, providing not only high-tech and lethal drones, but personnel to train the Kremlin’s soldiers on their usage.