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No increased Iran threat in Syria or Iraq, top British officer says, contradicting US

No increased Iran threat in Syria or Iraq, top British officer says, contradicting US --Deputy commander of anti-Isis coalition rebuts White House justification for sending troops | 14 May 2019 | The top British general in the US-led coalition against Isis has said there is no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq or Syria, directly contradicting US assertions used to justify a military buildup in the region. Hours later, however, his assessment was disowned by US Central Command in an extraordinary rebuke of an allied senior officer...Maj Gen Christopher Ghika, who is a deputy commander of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the coalition conducting counter-terrorist operations against Isis in Iraq and Syria, was repeatedly questioned by reporters about the threat from Shia militias in Syria and Iraq, cited by US officials over the past week as justification for speeding up the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group in the Gulf and for sending B-52 Stratofortress bombers and an anti-aircraft battery to the region. "No - there's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria," Ghika said in a videolink briefing from Baghdad to the Pentagon.