The United States is helping Gulf countries build a missile defense shield according to reports made public by Israel National News early Thursday. The United States fears that Iran may target essential oil and military targets if it feels threatened by the US or Israel. The missile defense system will include advanced radar detection systems and batteries of Patriot missiles capable of shooting down Iranian rockets.
The report said the countries being fortified are Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar.
These countries are all considered vulnerable if Iran decides to launch an offensive military campaign against them.
This newest initiative joins several other areas which are considered vulnerable to Iranian attacks. Europe has one of the more robust systems in the world to deter an Iranian attack. The Gulf missile shield has already cost $20 billion dollars and more expenditures are expected.
The United States and Israel seemed poised to attack Iran over its suspected nuclear program. The Iranians claim that their nuclear program exists to provide the country with electricity and medical research, while the United States and Israel claim the program is a cover for developing a nuclear bomb. Israel has threatened to launch a preemptive strike against the Iranian nuclear program if world sanctions do not deter Iran from enriching uranium.
The missile defense shield being built in the Gulf countries has been more difficult to accomplish because those countries are not as cooperative with the US on military matter regardless of their joint fear of an Iranian attack.