Saudi Arabia has shared intelligence with the United States showing that Iran is planning to strike targets in Saudi Arabia and in Erbil, Iraq, where U.S. troops are stationed, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
The Saudi warning of an imminent attack has placed the U.S. forces, as well as other neighboring states in the Gulf, on high alert.
The White House National Security Council said the U.S. is ready to respond in the case of an attack.
“We are concerned about the threat picture, and we remain in constant contact through military and intelligence channels with the Saudis,” a National Security Council spokesperson told the WSJ. “We will not hesitate to act in the defense of our interests and partners in the region.”
Iranian-backed militias carried out several attacks on Saudi, Iraqi and Syrian territory in the past year, including against bases housing U.S. personnel. Washington has not responded to such attacks with force since 2021, NBC News reported in June.
The Saudi warning comes a few weeks after U.S. President Joe Biden vowed to re-examine the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia after its decision to cut oil production this November, with the White House threatening “consequences.”
According to the report, Iran’s planned attacks are meant to distract attention from the ongoing domestic anti-regime protests, 45 days and counting; the Tehran regime has blamed the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel for stirring the unrest in the country that began with the killing of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iranian “morality” police.