CENTCOM Commander Kenneth McKenzie reiterated that “Iran has an objective of ejecting the U.S. from the theater, from the region. And they see Iraq as a principal battleground for that… I think they’ve been thwarted in that goal”. He also noted that “their rogue militia groups continue low-level attacks against us… but I think we have what we need to maintain a rough deterrent against Iran really across the theater”. Discussing rocket attacks in Iraq, McKenzie noted that “we’ve been lucky that none of them have caused any U.S. casualties and no significant Iraqi casualties. Most of them have not fallen within our bases”, adding that “what I would characterise as low-level actions against us could change in the future because there are certainly a lot of sophisticated weapons in Iraq that Iran has pushed in to their surrogates across the country”.
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