Top US General Claims Intel Showed Iran Mounting a Campaign Against US

General says he pushed for military buildup in Middle East

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford has revealed that it was he who was driving recent US military deployments into the Middle East, saying he recommended them based on intelligence with respect to Iran.

Dunford claimed that “malign activity and threats to our forces by the Iranians were not new,” but that what he saw was a synchronized series of efforts that looked more like a formal campaign against the US.

Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan confirmed that Dunford told him of an “anomaly” in Iranian behavior. At the same time, Shanahan says that President Trump has made clear he does not seek a war over the matter.

Shanahan has expressed regret that he wasn’t able to share more information with the public on the intelligence involved. Shanahan has been put in a difficult position by this, pressured by Congress for specifics while other officials, notably John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talk up a potential military conflict while treating evidence as virtually beside the point.

Author: Jason Ditz

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