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Pompeo lays out red line for Iran: Death of a single US service member will trigger military response

Pompeo lays out red line for Iran: Death of a single US service member will trigger military response

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The United States continues to amass military forces in the vicinity of Iran, following tanker incidents near the Strait of Hormuz and the alleged threat that Iran poses to US forces operating in the Middle East. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, one of the architects of Washington’s hard-line policy on Iran, has relayed a message to Tehran that the death of a single US service member would trigger a military response, the Washington Post reports. According to the broadsheet, one such message was sent during Pompeo’s emergency visit to Baghdad, after the White House picked up intelligence allegedly showing that Iran or its proxies were threatening US interests in the Middle East. A person with knowledge of the situation was quoted as saying that Pentagon officials, including outgoing Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan, have been “the ones putting the brakes” on hawks at the State Department and the White House. Comment: That may be why Pompeo seems to have broken protocol…
Source: Pompeo lays out red line for Iran: Death of a single US service member will trigger military response

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