11 Mar '17, 12am

Iran poses 'long-term threat to stability,' according to @CENTCOM commander

WASHINGTON -- Iran poses the most significant threat to U.S. Central Command's complex area of responsibility, CENTCOM commander Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday. CENTCOM has dealt with a number of significant challenges over the past 12 months, including in Iraq and Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt and the Sinai, the Bab-el-Mandeb strait, he said. "We are also dealing with a range of malign activities perpetrated by Iran and its proxies operating in the region," the general said at the hearing on the posture of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command. "It is my view that Iran poses the greatest long-term threat to stability for this part of the world," Votel said. Iranian activities of concern, according to Votel, include "malign influence across Iraq and Syria," and efforts to prop up the Syrian regime and exploit Shia populat...

Full article: https://www.army.mil/article/184043/

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