Mon, 20 May 2019

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The top British general in the US-led coalition purportedly fighting terrorism in Syria and Iraq said there is "no increased threat from Iran" in the Arab countries, contradicting US assertions used to justify a military buildup in the region.

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"There's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria," Maj Gen Christopher Ghika, who is a deputy commander of the coalition said in a video link briefing from Baghdad to the Pentagon.

The coalition has observed "no change in their posture since the recent exchange between the United States and Iran and we hope and expect that that will continue... We don't see an increased threat from them at this stage," he said.

On Tuesday night, the US Central Command - whose area of operations covers the Middle East and Afghanistan - put out a statement refuting Ghika's comments.

"Recent comments from OIR's deputy commander run counter to the identified credible threats available to intelligence from US and allies regarding Iranian-backed forces in the region," it said.

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