The former defence assistant to Barack Obama, Colin Kahl noted in The Washington Post, explained how armed conflict could breakout. Mr Kahl who was deputy assistant secretary of defence for the Middle East explained that: “As tensions mount between the United States and Iran, American and Iranian leaders publicly insist they want to avoid war.” But, he added: “history is littered with accidents, misperceptions, miscalculations, hidden bureaucratic agendas and other factors that produced armed conflicts nobody seemed to want.”
He hypothesised a fall in oil sales that he described as “the lifeblood of the Islamic Republic’s economy” due to sanctions placed by the Trump regime would heighten tensions and trigger a devastating chain of events ending with a full scale-invasion.
The Trump administration previously pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and imposed sanctions limiting Iran’s ability to access the US financial system and trade in US dollars.
Mr Kahl believes Iranian forces will engage Iraqi Shiite militias Asaib Ahl al-Haq and Kataib Hezbollah to target Americans.
The former advisor to Joe Biden says diplomats in the Green Zone of Baghdad could become targets too and the US Embassy targeted.
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Mr Khal’s claims come after Iran sends a chilling warning to the rest of the world as tensions continue to soar with the US.
Tehran flexed its military power by insisting it is ready for full-scale warfare should its relationship worsen with the West.
Mr Zarif went on a scathing rant at Washington and its Saudi Arabian allies, and heavily criticised its past interferences in the Middle East.
Last week during his three-day visit to the UK, US President Donald Trump admitted: “there’s always a chance” the US would need to take military action.
However, Mr Trump told Good Morning Britain he would “much rather talk” with Iranian officials.
The Iranian Foreign Minister made his warning on Monday alongside his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, who acknowledged the nuclear deal “is in an acute crisis”
The German Minister, who travelled to Tehran to try and salvage the treaty, added: “The nations with atomic weapons need to shoulder their responsibilities for disarmament better, and at the same time we need to prevent further countries from obtaining nuclear weapons.