, on Tuesday, the United States decided to send air defense systems to Iraq to protect the US military personnel present there, affirming its intention to eliminate “malicious activities of Iran” in this country.
“We are now in the process of delivering air defense systems to Iraq in particular to protect ourselves from any other Iranian attack,” said US Central Command chief Gen. Kennett McKinsey, today [10 March 2020], during a hearing at the Armed Services Committee of the US House of Representatives. .
“The national security strategy states that we work with partners to deny the Iranian regime any possible means of obtaining nuclear weapons and to eliminate Iran’s sinister influence,” McKinsey said.
“This mission is not easy because Iran is determined and is working to increase its arsenals of ballistic missiles, regardless of international condemnations,” said McKinsey, accusing Tehran of “still the largest country supporting terrorism in the world.”
The American military commander indicated that the American intelligence data confirms Iran’s intention to “continue its harmful activities”, stressing the need for the American forces to be ready to deter Iran from using the military component in the face of the United States.
The Pentagon announced, earlier, that it is working to persuade the Iraqi government of the need to grant approval for the deployment of “Patriot” air defense systems on the country’s soil to enhance US defense capabilities against the background of the Iranian missile attack on January 8.