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How real is Iran threat? Democrats fear Trump administration using intel to justify conflict


Added 05-23-19 01:11:02pm EST - “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday briefed members of the House and Senate behind closed doors.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “How real is Iran threat? Democrats fear Trump administration using intel to justify conflict”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON – Top Trump administration officials told lawmakers Tuesday that U.S. military deployments in the Middle East were purely defensive and not aimed at provoking a war with Iran, amid growing concerns in Congress about a possible military conflict. 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan briefed members of the House and Senate behind closed doors, detailing what they called "credible intelligence" that suggests a possible Iranian attack on American military forces in the region. 

Shanahan said the Trump administration's decision to deploy B-52 bombers and other military resources to the Persian Gulf had succeeded in preventing a possible strike on U.S. interests. 

"We have deterred attacks based on our posturing of assets – deterred attacks against American forces," he told reporters after the congressional briefings.

"Our biggest focus at this point is to prevent Iranian miscalculation," Shanahan added. "We do not want the situation to escalate. This is about deterrence, not about war."

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