CENTCOM Commander Kenneth McKenzie maintained that “Iran’s destabilising actions reverberate through the region daily. Iran has not indulged in idle saber rattling against the U.S. and our partners. Iran has launched state-on-state ballistic missile, cruise missile and unmanned aerial system (UAS) attacks, as well as attacks through its proxies and aligned groups that have killed and injured Coalition forces and innocent civilians; those attacks are increasingly directed at key U.S. partners”. He further asserted that “CENTCOM’s first line of effort is to deter Iranian aggression against U.S. forces and interests, and strengthen our partners’ capabilities to defend themselves against Iranian and proxy and aligned group aggression”.
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