RUMORS OF WAR: US politician warns that President Trump is “on the brink of war” with Iran

A US politician has admitted that President Donald Trump is “on the brink of war” with Iran – just a day after the US leader agreed to send 1,500 troops to protect against the Islamic Republic. The US is “on the brink of war” with Iran, according to a shock admission from a leading American politician. The latest escalation in the threat of military conflict comes just a day after US President Donald Trump approved the Pentagon’s plan to send 1,500 troops to the Middle East.

This comes amid rising tensions between the US and Iran, as American security officials look to counter the ”ongoing threat posed by Iranian forces”. As part of the deployment, fighter jets, drones and other weaponry will be sent to Saudi Arabia, UAE and Jordan. The Pentagon confirmed that the deployment was in response to “an attack” on four oil tankers in the UAE and two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia.

Security officials blamed this "sabotage" on Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the US has recently designated a foreign terrorist organisation.

Iran denied it was behind the incidents but Rear Admiral Michael Gilday, director of the US Joint Staff, accused the IRGC of being directly responsible.

In response, the Islamic Republic of Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the decision “very dangerous”.

General Morteza Qorbani, an adviser to Iran’s military command, also reacted by pointing to his country’s “secret weapons”.

He said: “If they commit the slightest stupidity, we will send these ships to the bottom of the sea along with their crew and planes using two missiles or two new secret weapons.”

Following this latest escalation, Tulsi Gabbard, who is running as a Democratic presidential candidate, told Fox News: “We are unfortunately on the brink of war with Iran.

The escalating tensions with Iran has brought us here. The American people need to understand how devastating and costly such a war would be, how it would impact almost every part of our lives.

“It would take a terrible human toll: the cost of countless American service members’ lives: my brothers and sisters in uniform, the cost to civilians in the region.”

However, the troop deployment is far less than the 10,000 forces that United States commanders in the region had initially sought.

Under plans draw up by White House advisor John Bolton, the US would send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran sped up its work on nuclear weapons.