US intel: Iranian strike at major Saudi oil target imminent. Another 1,000 US troops for region

DEBKAfile Exclusive: US intelligence learns from a highly credible source that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have completed preparations for a large-scale assault on an important Saudi oil facility within days. On Monday, June 17, the aides of senior US congress members were summoned to the White House for a briefing on this intelligence and informed that this time the administration is gearing up for a military response. US-Iranian tensions in the region shot up again after abating for a few days, amid spreading talk of a White House decision to resort to US military action against Iran.
Pentagon sources report that CENTCOM, in line with its responsibility for guaranteeing security and free navigation in Gulf waters, applied for an extra 6,000 US troops for the region, along with more destroyers, submarines and Patriot air defense batteries.  US President Trump pared this figure down to 1,000 US troops, in addition to the 1,500 he released last month. Early Tuesday, June 18, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a statement: “In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East.

It appears that the data reaching US intelligence has not named which Saudi oil facility is in Iran’s sights for the impending attack, but stressed that it will be a lot more damaging than the previous sabotage operations on six oil tankers. Saudi Arabia has placed all its oil installations, terminals, ports and oil fields on maximum alert.

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53 thoughts on “US intel: Iranian strike at major Saudi oil target imminent. Another 1,000 US troops for region

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 7:27 at 7:27
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    I’m Subscribing! You Should Too!!

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 8:02 at 8:02
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    Apparently the Iranians didn’t learn all that much from the Iran Iraq Tanker War 1984 -1988. Sure they supposedly hit over 160 ships (Iraq hit 60) but after the US got involved it eventually went sideways for the Iranians ending up with the Iranians signing a Cease Fire Agreement which bought about the end of the entire 8 year Iran Iraq War 1980 – 1988 . This time the Iranians have far more Missile Systems but then again the US has Stealth Fighters and Stealth Bombers and far more Missiles and Ships etc etc.

    • Jun 19, 2019 @ 21:13 at 21:13
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      Iran didn’t have a ballistic missile program, subs or weapons industry then, did they?

      • Jun 19, 2019 @ 23:36 at 23:36
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        they also didn’t have photoshop.

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 8:35 at 8:35
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    The mullahs do not care. They believe it is their religious duty to bring about the conditions under which the Mahdi is to appear. Therefore, they will push and push until something happens to create those conditions. Deterrence is lost on such religious fanatics. A lot of people are going to die to prove that they are wrong.

    • Jun 18, 2019 @ 12:17 at 12:17
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      israil sürekli ortadoğu ülkelerine saldırıyor abdye de sürekli savaş için bastırıyor

      • Jun 18, 2019 @ 13:41 at 13:41
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        In proper English, it says what???

        • Jun 18, 2019 @ 18:45 at 18:45
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          israil sürekli savaş yapmayı isteyerek zannediyor mehdi gelecek ve yahudileri cennet getürecek bu kadar saçma sapan inanış olamaz lanet olsun yahudi kavminin tümüne

          • Jun 18, 2019 @ 19:45 at 19:45
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            Jew basher

          • Jun 19, 2019 @ 0:29 at 0:29
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            anana söyle sürekli ruj değiştirmesin. sikim gökküşağına döndü.

        • Jun 18, 2019 @ 18:49 at 18:49
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          aslında yahudi hristiyan diye bir dini kavram kesinlikle yok bu putperest masonların çıkardığı dindir

          • Jun 18, 2019 @ 19:46 at 19:46
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            Jewish Christian bashing

          • Jun 18, 2019 @ 21:35 at 21:35
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            yere girsin siyonist yahudiler lanet olsun evanjelist ortodoks hristiyanlara

      • Jun 18, 2019 @ 16:14 at 16:14
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        You took the words right out of my mouth.

        • Jun 18, 2019 @ 18:46 at 18:46
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          yahudiler ve hristiyanlar hakettikleri cezayı ahirette bulacaklardır inşallah amin

          • Jun 18, 2019 @ 18:48 at 18:48
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            olmaz olsun yahudiler hristiyanlar lanet olsun yahudi kavimlerine

          • Jun 18, 2019 @ 19:14 at 19:14
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            Turkish individuals in this site. Write your comments in English or get out

          • Jun 18, 2019 @ 19:47 at 19:47
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            More Jewish Christian bashing

          • Jun 19, 2019 @ 0:31 at 0:31
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            sende sike sürülecek akıl yok

      • Jun 19, 2019 @ 14:10 at 14:10
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        körfezdeki patlatmayı centcom ve mossad isitihbaratı ortak yaptılar

    • Jun 18, 2019 @ 17:34 at 17:34
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      Exactly and absolutely right !.

      Arn.Sweden.

      • Jun 19, 2019 @ 14:13 at 14:13
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        israil ortadoğuda tek nükleer güç olarak bütün ortadoğu ülkelerini tehdit ediyor israilin 500 nükleer silahı var üstelik israilin nükleer tesisleri uaek tarafından denetlenmiyor

    • Jun 19, 2019 @ 9:34 at 9:34
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      I agree it is their religious purpose to bring destruction to War in order for their
      Messiah to come and rule the world according to Hadith and Koran
      They Must have War

    • Jun 19, 2019 @ 23:38 at 23:38
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      or not. remove the mullahcracy and iran goes back to being a normal country.

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 9:24 at 9:24
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    If true , you know what will happen.

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 9:34 at 9:34
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    The EUrabia is trying to pretend that the situation is not bad for them.
    They don’t trust the intelligence supplied by the U.S.
    Eurabia have nothing to say. We gonna do it with the sunnis.

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 10:42 at 10:42
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    Just another fine day in the Middle East…………………….fast approaching on the horizon!

    • Jun 18, 2019 @ 12:18 at 12:18
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      And I’ve got a woody….

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 11:37 at 11:37
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    Fake intelligence.

    • Jun 19, 2019 @ 23:42 at 23:42
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      now, why would the mullahs be spreading that kind of disinformation? do you think they’re looking to get splatted? because this won’t end well for them.

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 12:01 at 12:01
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    A warning shot of 10 to maximum 20 atomic bombs nicely distributed over the most important industrial Iranian sites would send the clear message of “please behave” most of the mullahs will understand.

    • Jun 19, 2019 @ 5:49 at 5:49
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      I agree.

    • Jun 19, 2019 @ 9:38 at 9:38
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      Atomic force will bring Russia into a much larger world war

      • Jun 19, 2019 @ 13:43 at 13:43
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        you are joking you!!!! KNOW IT IT THERE IS NUCLEAR WAR RUSSIA WILL BE DEFEATED AND DESTROYED. RUSSIA WILL BE REDUCED TO SLAVERY AND THEIR COUNTRY WILL BE OCCUPIED .!!!!!! RUSSIA HAS NO LUCK TO BEAT US IN NO WAYS

        • Jun 19, 2019 @ 16:47 at 16:47
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          The Russians are more prepared for a Nuclear war then the rest of us except for maybe Iran, however no one will really survive. The country that is in worse shape is Israel and they are the ones the most likely to start it.

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 12:12 at 12:12
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    The Iranians are just as vulnerable to being attacked in the same way that they are planning. Their Persian Gulf oil installations can all be easily destroyed as well. This would really cripple Iran in many different ways.

    • Jun 18, 2019 @ 18:52 at 18:52
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      Absolutely they are!

    • Jun 19, 2019 @ 9:40 at 9:40
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      We don’t want to effect a regional war or long term Iranian damage would too much negatively affect the globe

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 13:06 at 13:06
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    ‘….but stressed that it will be a lot more damaging than the previous sabotage operations on six oil tankers.’ How do you know the magnitude it hasn’t happened yet. Fake intelligence

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 13:43 at 13:43
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    In proper English, it says what???

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 14:13 at 14:13
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    this is the translation of what Erdogan says from Turkey

    Israel is constantly attacking the Middle East countries abdye is constantly pushing for war

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 15:31 at 15:31
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    Whahabbi system getting o dose of its own medicine. Let them finish each other. The world will be a better place.

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 19:41 at 19:41
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    Beware ayatollahs: your seldom washed skirts will turn nice brown, once the U.S. armed forces will open up on your strategic targets…

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 21:45 at 21:45
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    Israel wants war. Israel wants all of Iran for the new belt new road initiative. Israel wants lebensraum. It doesn’t matter what Iran does or does not do — even if they begged for peace and agreed to lick the kosher toes of the Sanhedrin … Iran is dead and annexed. Period.

    • Jun 19, 2019 @ 1:17 at 1:17
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      Hitler on line again- not worthy of a response. Put on ignore.

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 21:51 at 21:51
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    Watch…If President Trump returns fire after an Iranian terror strike on the Saudi oil facility then the “America 2nd Democrats” will come running to attack President Trump and give cover to the Iranian scumbags.

    • Jun 19, 2019 @ 0:32 at 0:32
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      Iran made the following calculation:
      1. A war gets a US president re-elected;
      2. If Iran waits until November of next year and Trump does get re-elected then he (Trump) will completely decimate Iran with or without any provocation from Iran.
      The fact that Iran is starting a war now is a confirmation that that Trump has a very good chance to be re-elected.

  • Jun 19, 2019 @ 5:01 at 5:01
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    Saudi Arabia should stop whining through their Zionist proxies, and end their stupid and pointless war against the people of Yemen.

  • Jun 19, 2019 @ 6:19 at 6:19
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    The USA needs to be very careful, Iran probably has sleeper cells inside America waiting to strike if attacked. The president needs to prepare the American people for that.

    • Jun 19, 2019 @ 7:12 at 7:12
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      Yes, the American people will soon learn that you can’t drop 44,000 bombs (2018 data) and not expect to get some hits on your own territory.

      And the Yanks are still whining about 9/11 and the measly 3500 deaths. How many has the US killed and injured since then?

      • Jun 19, 2019 @ 7:20 at 7:20
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        Not enough

  • Jun 19, 2019 @ 10:00 at 10:00
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    the americans just need to ask mossad where the attack will be they will be doing it same as the tankers

    • Jun 19, 2019 @ 10:46 at 10:46
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      Thank you, Anonymous, for that bit of faux news.
      Now, walk over to your living room window, look outside and tell us just one more thing………………is it a nice day in Tehran today?

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