Iraq 0
10 March 2020

Testifying before the House Armed Service Committee, CENTCOM commander Kenneth McKenzie indicated that “we are in the process of bringing air defence systems, ballistic missile defence systems into Iraq – particularly to protect ourselves against another potential Iranian attack”. “Going forward, it is CENTCOM’s objective to posture forces in the region with the operational depth to achieve a consistent state of deterrence against Iran and be adaptable to future Iranian threats”, he added, further positing that Iran’s January 2020 missile strikes at Iraqi bases hosting U.S. forces “crossed a threshold compared to previous attacks and has probably set a lower bar for future actions by the regime”. McKenzie went on to assert that “while periods of decreased tension may provide the illusion of a ‎return to normalcy, ample intelligence indicates the regime’s desire to continue malign activities… So ‎long as the U.S. applies diplomatic and economic pressure, the joint force must be postured to deter ‎Iran from employing the military element of power to counter our actions”.‎

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