‘Very Capable Enemy’: US Mulls Deploying Missile Defenses to Middle East After Iranian Strikes

The US Army is now considering the delivery of missile defense systems and other capabilities to the Middle East in an effort to combat potential missile strikes by Iranian forces following the Islamic Revolutionary Guard’s (IRGC) January 8 attack on US bases in Iraq.

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy revealed Wednesday that Iran’s “Operation Martyr Soleimani,” which consisted of strikes on Ayn al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq and another airbase to the north in Erbil, has triggered the US to go on the defensive.

“They are a very capable enemy; they have capabilities that can strike and hit Americans, so we are looking at additional capabilities that we could send to the region,” the Army’s top civilian told reporters Wednesday at a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington, DC, as reported by Military.com.

Though he did not go into detail about what the “capabilities” up for consideration included, he did tell attendees “it could be a variety of enablers like missile defense, so we are looking at that.”

McCarthy’s announcement comes on the heels of the UK, France and Germany triggering a dispute clause of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) against Iran on Tuesday in response to the country’s alleged violation of nuclear provisions laid out in agreement.

“Our three countries are not joining a campaign to implement maximum pressure against Iran,” the joint statement read. “Our hope is to bring Iran back into full compliance with its…

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