A British two-star general had to eat his own words on Tuesday after contradicting the White House, which has warned that Iranian-backed forces could attack U.S. troops in Syria and Iraq.
“There’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria,” Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, a deputy commander for the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, told reporters at a Pentagon news briefing. “We are monitoring the Shia militia groups carefully and if the threat level perceives to go up them we will raise our force protection levels accordingly.”
But after being pressed by reporters on the matter, Ghika engaged in verbal gymnastics to try to say he was on the same page as the White House by saying the coalition monitors a range of possible threats and it raises and lowers security levels appropriately.
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CENTCOM Shoots Down General’s Claim of ‘No Increased Threat’ from Iran — Military.com
Pentagon disputes British general’s assessment on Iranian threat — Military Times
Pentagon disputes British general’s comments on Iraq militia threat — Politico
British general says no increased Iran threat in Syria and Iraq, prompting rare rebuke by Pentagon — The Independent