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CENTCOM: US to deploy missile systems in Iraq for fear of more Iran retaliatory attack

The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) says it is set to deploy missile systems in Iraq for fear of more Iranian attacks in retaliation for the assassination by the US military of top anti-terror Commander Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

US Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, the Head of the CENTCOM, made the remarks during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, Reuters reported.


“We are also in the process of bringing air defense systems, ballistic missile defense systems, into Iraq in particular, to protect ourselves against another potential Iranian attack,” he said.


On January 3, the US assassinated Lieutenant General Soleimani, Commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Second-in-Command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and a group of their companions in Baghdad.


The operation was conducted under direct orders of US President Donald Trump, while Lt. Gen. Soleimani was on an official visit to the Iraqi capital.


Following the atrocity, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei promised a “harsh revenge.”


On January 8, the IRGC launched retaliatory strikes against the US’s Ain al-Assad Airbase in the western Iraqi Anbar Province, and another outpost housing American terrorist forces in the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region.


The US Defense Department said on February 21 that as many as 110 US terrorist forces had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following the reprisal. The figure was higher than the previous toll that had been announced on February 10.


The IRGC says what Washington claims to be related to brain injuries from the strikes on Ain al-Assad is “a metaphor for dead US troops.”


The Corps has also said by targeting the airbase, it destroyed the very outpost from which all of Washington’s regional terrorist operations, including the assassinations, would be planned and directed.

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