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The US is on high alert after receiving intelligence shared by Saudi Arabia that an attack by Iran on targets within its kingdom is imminent.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Saudi and US officials said that Saudi Arabia, the US, as well as other neighboring countries have raised the level of alert for their military forces in the area.
Officials with Saudi Arabia said that Iran could carry out attacks on the country as well as in Erbil, Iraq, in an effort to distract from protests that have been occurring throughout the country since September, after a young woman died in police custody.
The White House National Security Council expressed concerns about the warnings, and said it was ready to respond if Iran carried out an attack.
“We are concerned about the threat picture, and we remain in constant contact through military and intelligence channels with the Saudis,” said a National Security Council spokesperson. “We will not hesitate to act in the defense of our interests and partners in the region.”
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