The U.S. has decided to send additional troops to Saudi Arabia after an attack on an oil facility that seriously impacted the country’s oil production capabilities. This comes as U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper called out last weekend’s attack as evidence of a “dramatic escalation of Iranian aggression”.
President Trump announced further sanctions on Iran’s central bank and its sovereign wealth fund as a result of the attack, but has ruled out direct military action for now.
So the question is, how is Iran – already struggling under previous sanctions – likely to respond to the latest developments?
The Cipher Brief tapped former Senior CIA Officer Steven R. Ward who specializes in Iran and the surrounding region, for a look at what’s likely ahead.
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