Chilling secret photos of Iranian missiles on small boats triggered ‘urgent threat’ warning of possible attacks on US troops and ships

PHOTOS of Iranian missiles fitted on small boats in the Gulf sparked the diplomatic tensions which have put the Middle East on a war footing, it's been reported.

White House officials were shown the shocking overhead images stoking fears the Tehran's feared Islamic Revolutionary Guards were poised to fire on US naval ships.

Other intelligence picked up threats against commercial shipping and potential attacks on US troops in Iraq by militants with ties to Iran, reports the New York Times.

Taken with the other intelligence, it was feared the missile photos may indicate Iran was preparing to attack American forces.

Intelligence officials declassified a photograph of one of the small boats carrying what was described as a functional Iranian missile.

The Pentagon has not released the image as "it was not compelling enough" to convince the American public and lawmakers, or foreign allies, of the new Iranian threat.

Other photographs –  which remain classified – show the Revolutionary Guards loading missiles onto the boats at several Iranian ports, the two American officials claimed.

The news comes after Iran claimed it was on the "cusp of a full scale confrontation with the enemy" and was ready for any threat from Donald Trump's military.

The stark warning came from Major General Hossein Salami, the leader of the feared Revolutionary Guard.

The tough-talking firebrand said: "We are on the cusp of a full-scale confrontation with the enemy.

This moment in history, because the enemy has stepped into the field of confrontation with us with all the possible capacity, is the most decisive moment of the Islamic revolution.”

And Iran's defence minister doubled-down on the tough talk by saying his country's military would defeat any US-Israel alliance.

“Iran has the highest level of defence-military preparedness to confront any type of threat and excessive demands,” Amir Hatami told the Islamic Republic News Agency.


A senior Iranian official also told Reuters that Tehran was ready for any possible scenario from “confrontation to diplomacy” but the US could not afford another war in the Middle East.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last night that enriching uranium to weapons-grade levels would not be a difficult task for the country.

In a speech last night, Khamenei softened his threat by insisting that "no one is seeking war."

It's been reported today that Donald Trump is hoping to use his deal-making skills to avert a full-scale war with Iran.

The US president is apparently becoming increasingly frustrated with the hawkish advisers he believes are trying to railroad him into an armed conflict.

He now wants to turn peacemaker and stand by his long-standing pledge to withdraw the US from costly foreign wars, reports the Washington Post.

America has already deployed an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged, still-unspecified threats from Tehran.

And the US is planning to deploy as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks American forces, a bombshell report claimed this week.

In chilling echoes of the invasion of Iraq, US defence chiefs have reportedly drawn up fresh military plans that would see a huge response to Iranian aggression.

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