CENTCOM Commander Kenneth McKenzie assessed that “the activities we usually see from the IRGC navy [in the Gulf] are not necessarily activities directed by the Supreme Leader from the Iranian state, rather irresponsible actions by local commanders on scene”. He added that “we are very careful so as not to get into a provocative cycle as a result of that. Luckily our guys are very good… and they’re able to de-escalate”. Referring to Iranian naval mines, McKenzie noted that it was “an area of significant concern to me, given Iran’s number of mines, their proximity to the Strait of Hormuz and the difficulty of minesweeping in a congested waterway”.
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