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Pentagon disputes British general's comments on Iraq militia threat

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UK Gen. Chris Ghika refutes US claim that Iran is increased threat

The U.S. military Tuesday disputed earlier comments by the British deputy commander of the U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq and Syria, saying they didn't reflect current intelligence about the threat posed by Iranian-backed militias.

During a morning briefing, British Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, the No. 2 officer in coalition, said there was “no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces” to U.S. and other coalition troops in Iraq and Syria.

But U.S. Central Command spokesman Capt. Bill Urban said in an afternoon statement this afternoon Ghika’s comments “run counter to the identified credible threats available to intelligence from U.S. and allies regarding Iranian backed forces in the region.” The Central Command, headquartered in Florida, oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East, including Iraq and Syria.


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