U.S. military to maintain expanded Mideast presence, for now at least, following Iran strikes

January 24, 2020

The Washington Post:

The United States hopes to avert a conflict with Iran but will maintain an expanded military footprint in the Middle East amid heightened tensions, the head of U.S. Central Command said Thursday during a visit to the region.

Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie Jr. said that new air, naval and troop deployments were intended to restore deterrence and send a signal to Tehran following a period in which tit-for-tat Iranian and U.S. attacks pushed the region to the brink of war.

“The message is, we don’t seek war with you. You should not seek war with us. And we would like to de-escalate to a lower level of tensions, if that’s possible,” McKenzie told reporters after visiting the USS Bataan, an amphibious assault ship operating in the northern Red Sea.

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