Iran threat might have ‘de-escalated,’ but retaliation risk remains, US general warns
A month after the US strike that killed Soleimani, Iran’s military is no longer on a heightened war footing, but the US continues to brace for further retaliation, a Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie Jr said.
McKenzie, who heads the US Central Command, said Iran had “de-escalated” its ballistic missile force and brought its air defense forces back to a “normal state of readiness” following its retaliatory strikes on bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq.
The General said Iran’s maritime forces likewise had displayed a “fairly normal” level of activity in recent weeks. He added that he believed Iran was still “digesting” the impact of the Trump administration’s decision to kill Soleimani.
American allies fear that the Soleimani strike would tip the region into destabilizing conflict.
Despite the fact that Iran has not yet conducted any major direct attacks since the missile strikes, US officials believe Iran may attempt to do so later.
Iran has vowed to retaliate after its most powerful figure among forces aligned with Iran throughout the Middle East was killed by a U.S. drone strike at Baghdad airport. But, how strong is Iran’s defence system?
According to the UK-based think tank, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, there is an estimated 523,000 active Iranian personnel in a variety of military roles (read more).