Dan De Luce and Robert Windrem, NBC: After Soleimani strike, Persian Gulf countries worry about a war on their doorstep
Gulf Arab powers privately welcomed the death of Iran’s top general, but they fear their nations could be caught in the crossfire of a U.S.-Iran conflict.
WASHINGTON — Gulf Arab states are on edge after President Donald Trump’s decision to kill top Iranian commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani, fearing tensions between the United States and Iran could spiral into a military conflict on their doorstep with devastating economic effects, according to foreign diplomats, former U.S. officials and regional experts.
Even the most hawkish powers in the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which have backed Trump’s tough line on Iran, were stunned by the attack on Soleimani and have appealed to the White House to avoid a conflagration with Tehran, the sources said.
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