US Commander Says Iran Remains 'Imminent Threat' to US Forces in Middle East

Says Iran, proxies may attack at any moment
Jason Ditz
Jun. 07, 2019

The top US commander in the Middle East, Gen. Frank McKenzie told interviewers on Thursday that he believes Iran remains an "imminent" threat to US forces. He dismissed the idea that a US military buildup in the area had in any way diminished the perceived threat.

"I don't actually believe the threat has diminished," McKenzie told interviewers, adding that it "has probably evolved in certain ways. These comments stand in stark contrast to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who recently declared Iran "deterred" by the US buildup.

Pentagon officials have not been very transparent on their estimation of threats, so it is difficult to judge the differences in assessments, or their validity. Gen. McKenzie, however, suggested Iran or its proxies could attack "at any moment."

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