Payam Javan: Iranian leaders appear to be looking for a deadly diversion as large anti-government protests rage on in the country’s streets. The Wall Street Journal claims that terrorist attacks on numerous American targets in Saudi Arabia and Iraq may serve as such distraction. Officials from both nations informed the outlet that attacks could be “imminent.”
According to a report by Fox News, Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon’s press secretary, told reporters during a news conference that American officials are “concerned” about “the threat situation in the region.” Other than to state that “We will reserve the right to protect and defend ourselves no matter where our forces are serving, whether in Iraq or elsewhere.” Ryder avoided getting into specifics.
According to the report, Iran accused the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia of being behind the current protest movement. In response to the renewed Iranian threats, the United States, Saudi Arabia, and a number of other unspecified countries have all boosted their military alert levels.