A defense official says Miller’s idea of de-escalation was not adopted as a formal, valid policy. It took the top commanders by surprise, many defense sources said. U.S. Central Command wants the carrier to remain in the region for less than three weeks before Biden takes office, in a bid to deter Iran in times of rising tensions.
The White House and NSC did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
He said that no one should doubt the resolve of the United States of America.
The January 3 US drone strike marks a year after the assassination of Iran’s second most powerful leader, General Qasim Soleimani, and the leader of the Iraqi Shiite army, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. U.S. officials have been concerned that Iran or its proxies will mark the date with retaliation.
Instead, the day passed peacefully, with leaders allied with Iran sending their own de-escalation signals. On Sunday, the leader of the Iranian-backed Iraqi Shiite military group, Qataib Hezbollah, issued a statement saying the group would not enter the US embassy in Baghdad or try to overthrow the current Iraqi government, despite crowds gathering in Baghdad’s Tahrir. Square Sunday to demand that the U.S. The forces left the country.
“We will not enter the evil embassy today, and we will not overthrow this government, because there is still time,” Abu Hussein al-Hamidawi said in a statement. The U.S. has previously blamed U.S. forces on Kataib Hezbollah. Accused of being behind the attack on facilities.
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