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US Says it is Successfully Deterring Iranian Aggression

Analysts Weigh in With Risks and Highlights

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22 May 2019
US Says it is Successfully Deterring Iranian Aggression
US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan gave a press briefing at the Pentagon Tuesday in which he said, among other things, that the deployment of US military forces in the Middle East have deterred Iran. “I think our steps were very prudent and we've put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans and that is what is extremely important," Shanahan said, "I'd say we're in a period where the threat remains high and our job is to make sure that there is no miscalculation by the Iranians.”

Later in the day, he told another press briefing that “This is about deterrence, not about war. We are not about going to war. Our biggest focus at this point is to prevent Iranian miscalculation. We do not want the situation to escalate."

Iranian President Hassan Rohani said in a live TV broadcast on Tuesday that "the Iranian nation will not be defeated by America, the White House could not defeat the Iranian nation." Acknowledging the difficulty imposed by economic sanctions he added "at the end of the road, the victory is ours."

Here is a video giving some in-depth analysis of the situation

Here is a video about a new project designed to keep track of Iran’s support for terrorism

Here is a recently released podcast which gives some commentary on current events

Here is a video giving some further analysis of the situation


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