Islam News – Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of US Central Command, on Monday warned about Iran’s destabilizing activities and the roles of Russia and China in the Middle East.
During a special briefing, he spoke about his visit to Iraq and Syria and the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“Another priority is deterring Iran’s destabilizing activities, which remains the biggest threat to stability in the Middle East,” he said. “I believe that our posture in the region has had a deterrent effect on Iran and made it more difficult for them to deny attribution for their malign activities.”
Deterrence involves the US deploying ships, airpower and missile-defense capabilities, McKenzie said.
Regarding the role of Russia and China, he said they are seeking greater influence in the region and stronger ties with various countries.
Since 2015, Russia has increasingly intervened in Syria. It is also selling its S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to Turkey and has been welcomed by other US allies in the region, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia, in recent years. Russia also has contractors in Libya and a footprint in Africa.
Russia and China sense a decline in US “engagement” in the region, McKenzie said.