Fears of the onset of World War III were peaking again this week, after one of the nations in the “Axis of Authoritarianism” appeared ready to conduct an imminent attack on the free world.
This time, the global fright comes to us from the Middle East, where perpetual troublemakers in Iran appeared ready to create chaos.
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.
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 authorities were monitoring the situation.
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 increasingly in cahoots with the Kremlin, selling “kamikaze” drones to Russia for use in Ukraine and sparking fears that several of the world’s authoritarian nations were beginning to consolidate resources and influence ahead of what could very well become World War III.