Are the U.S. and Iran Inching Toward War?
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The US and UK carried out airstrikes on the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen, as the conflict between the US and Iran-backed fighters in Iraq and Syria intensifies. This has led to concerns about a larger war.
On Saturday, the U.S. and U.K. conducted another round of dozens of airstrikes on the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen, who continue to launch attacks on military and commercial vessels in the Red Sea. On Friday, the U.S. conducted dozens of airstrikes against Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for a militia drone strike against an obscure U.S. outpost in Jordan that killed three U.S. service-members.
The US military still maintains a significant presence in the Middle East, with around 40,000 troops stationed across the region. The ongoing violence between the US and Iran-backed fighters raises concerns about a potential larger war and the risks of leaving forces forward-deployed with unclear missions.
For America, the Jan. 28 drone strike at an obscure outpost in Jordan - a base few Americans knew existed - is yet another tragic illustration of the risks of leaving forces forward-deployed around the world, sometimes with no obvious mission.
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