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US NewsBritish General Contradicts U.S. Claim of Increased Threat From Iran-Backed Militias

08:00  15 may  2019
08:00  15 may  2019 Source:   time.com

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The top British general in the U . S .-led coalition against ISIS says there is not an increased threat from Iranian - backed forces in Iraq or Syria, despite Ghika’ s comments contradict those of U . S . officials, who cited “clear indications” that Iran or Iranian - backed forces were preparing for a possible

The top British general in the U . S .-led coalition against ISIS says there is not an increased threat from Iranian - backed forces in Iraq or Syria, despite Ghika’ s comments contradict those of U . S . officials, who cited “clear indications” that Iran or Iranian - backed forces were preparing for a possible

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“No – there’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria,” Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika, deputy commander of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the coalition responsible for counter-terrorist operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, said in a video briefing, according to the Guardian.

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British General Contradicts U.S. Claim of Increased Threat From Iran-Backed Militias © ASSOCIATED PRESS President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at the White House in Washington from a trip to Louisiana, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Ghika said that he has not seen Shia militias in Iraq, who have varying ties to Iran, change their stance recently. “I think it’s important to say that many of them are compliant and we have seen no change in that posture since the recent exchange between the United States and Iran,” he said, according to the Guardian.

British General Contradicts U.S. Claim of Increased Threat From Iran-Backed Militias © Petty Officer 3rd Class Darion Chanelle Triplett—U.S. Navy/AP In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group transits the Suez Canal on May 9, 2019. Ghika’s comments contradict those of U.S. officials, who cited “clear indications” that Iran or Iranian-backed forces were preparing for a possible attack against U.S. forces as justification for the deployment of an an aircraft carrier and a bomber task force to the Middle East earlier this month.

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A British general in the US -led coalition against ISIS said there was no increased threat from Iranian - backed forces in Iraq or Syria. Maj Gen Christopher Ghika’ s announcement directly contradicts assertions made by the US which have been used to justify a military buildup in the region.

But he said, “No, there has been no increased threat from Iranian - backed forces in Iraq or Syria.” On Tuesday, Spanish defense officials withdrew a Spanish Those militias often do not operate under direct command and control from Iran , and they have varying levels of allegiance to the Iran military.

The U.S. Central Command rebuked Ghika’s comments in a statement released late Tuesday.

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British General Contradicts U.S. Claim of Increased Threat From Iran-Backed Militias
“Recent comments from OIR’s Deputy Commander run counter to the identified credible threats available to intelligence from U.S. and allies regarding Iranian backed forces in the region,” said in the statement.

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