British general in Iraq says no elevated Iran threat

The international coalition in Iraq and Syria said Tuesday its troops were not feeling any intensified threat from Iran in the region, seemingly contrary to Trump administration warnings. “There has been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria,” Major General Chris Ghika, a British spokesman for the force, told reporters via teleconference at the Pentagon. “We’ve seen no change in the posture or laydown” of the Shia Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an Iraqi paramilitary group with close ties to Tehran, Ghika said.

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