Military Capabilities

European allies contradict US assessment of Iranian threat

17 May 2019

Apparent tensions between NATO allies over an imminent Iranian threat were exposed after a two-star UK general briefed journalists on 14 May.

Major General Chris Ghika, the second in command of the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), fielded questions from Bagdad. While the US-led international coalition is tasked with fighting the Islamic State, its personnel are potentially in the firing line as tensions escalate between Tehran and Washington.

When asked if he has seen any treats by Iranian-backed groups in either Syria or Iraq against coalition forces, Maj Gen Ghika said, “No. There's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria.

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