November 21, 2019
To counter Iran, military may be forced into open-ended deployment, study says
Source: NBC News
Journalist Dan De Luce
Tensions between Iran and the United States could force the U.S. military to keep up a costly deployment of troops and hardware in the Middle East for years to come to protect oil shipping and Persian Gulf allies, according to a study released Thursday by a Washington think tank and Columbia University.
The report from the Center for a New American Security and Columbia found that Iran’s ability to affect oil prices by disrupting shipping routes and attacking oil facilities in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere has been overestimated. A dramatic spike in oil prices would occur only if the United States and Iran entered into a full-blown conflict, it said.
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