Jan 16, 2020 21:13 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Feb 04, 2020 14:04 Asia/Tehran]
  • Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy
    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy

The U.S. Army is considering sending missile-defense systems to Iraq following last week’s IRGC retaliatory missile attack on Western Iraqi military base of Ain Al-Asad which houses American troops.

Iran Press/America: Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told reporters on Jan. 15 that the Pentagon is also mulling deploying other capabilities to protect American soldiers and bases from future strikes, according to Military.com.

Describing Iran as a “very capable enemy,” McCarthy warned that it has the capability to strike and hit Americans.

The report is a snapshot of how the Pentagon sees Iran's current military strengths and strategies following the publication of similar unclassified documents by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

 “Iran employs a hybrid approach to warfare using both conventional and unconventional elements,” Christian Saunders, the DIA senior analyst on Iran, said in a statement.

 “On the conventional side, Iran’s military strategy is primarily based on deterrence and the ability to retaliate against an attacker,” he added. “Iran also uses unconventional warfare operations.”

According to the DIA report, Iran relies on two core capabilities: ballistic missiles and capable naval forces in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world’s most strategically important choke points through which more than a fifth of the world’s oil passes.

On 8 Jan, the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) targeted the US airbase of Ain al-Asad in western Iraq with 'tens of missiles'.

The attack came in response to a US terrorist drone strike days earlier that martyred the former Commander of Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.  

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