Trump directs Pentagon to reverse decision amid Iran tensions and keep aircraft carrier in Middle East

Amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran, the U.S. Last week, Miller’s decision to send Nimitz out of the region and out of the house, in part, sent a de-escalation signal to Iran.

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.

On Sunday, Miller announced that the USS Nimitz would remain in place due to Iranian threats “against President Trump and other US government officials.” Miller said in a statement that he had “ordered the USS Nimitz to suspend its regular re-employment.” Miller added that the carrier would now “be stationed in the area of ​​U.S. Central Command operations.”

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.

The CNN reported last week that conflicting messages have arrived from Iran reflecting the current threat levels to departments inside the Pentagon.

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