The US Joint Chiefs chairman General Mark Milley told lawmakers in Washington on Wednesday that Iran should be “very very cautious” following the recent spate of attacks on US targets in Iraq, according to Military Times.
He was referring to nine attacks that have rocked U.S. installations and interests in Iraq including the 3 December rocket attack that hit al-Asad airbase, which have been blamed on Iran.
“We are in a period of heightened risk with respect to Iran,” Gen. Mark Milley told lawmakers, adding that “restraint in this particular situation is an appropriate response.”
Milley’s comments came as a response to a question by Republican Rep. Don Bacon, who asked him and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper: “When is enough enough on Iran? When is our restraint being interpreted by them as weakness?"
“The ball is in the Iranian court. How they respond and the size and scope of that response will determine a U.S. answer’’, Milley said.
Nearly 14,000 additional American troops have been deployed to the Middle East over the last six months.
Richard Ratcliffe urges UK government to be tougher with Iran
In a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the Iranian-British citizen incarcerated in Evin Prison, asked the government to be tougher on Iran.
Mr. Ratcliffe said Mr. Johnson is "personally committed" to her case, and was "touched" when he gave him a wallet that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had made in prison.
However, he added: “I don't stand here hopeful if I'm honest. I stand here with my wife still in prison and things aren't moving."
"I will think carefully about what I tell her on the phone on Saturday,” he said.
Mysterious death of 500 migrant birds in Mazandaran province
After the discovery of the bodies of over 500 migrant birds in Miankaleh swamp, the director of the Environmental Protection Organization of Mazandaran said the bodies belong to four different types of immigrant birds, and the reason for their deaths is currently unknown.
According to Hossein-Ali Karnami: “After witnessing the corpses of the migrant birds on Wednesday in Miankaleh swamp, agents of the Enviornmental Protection Organization were deployed to the area for closer investigation.”
Josep Borrell: Like Americans, Europe is concerned about Iran’s role in the region
While talking about the rising tensions between Tehran and Washington, EU foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell said Europe is just as concerned as the United States about Iran’s role in the countries of the region.
Borrell added: “Just imagine if Iran had nuclear weapons right now, in what position would we be? It was only the nuclear deal that prevented it. The same deal that Trump calls it a bad one.”
Borrell went on to say that the European Union has many options in preventing Iran from having nuclear weapons, clarifying that he is not only referring to military options.
11 arrested in Fars province for Instagram activities
The police chief of Marvdasht city in Fars province announced that 11 citizens have been arrested for running an Instagram page that “created an atmosphere of negativity toward the city officials”.
He continued: “The admins published some material against some government offices and organizations and made some accusations” He added: “They were creating a lack of trust for the officials and organizations in their audience and disrupted the security and the political atmosphere of the city.”
Most social media are blocked in Iran and many activists have been arrested for activities on social media.
IRGC: we have not separated the victims of the November protests
The commander of Mohammad Rasulullah said that the victims of November’s protests have not been separated and there are no statistics available.
Yazdi said on Wednesday: “We have not yet separated those who were martyred and those who were there by accident or those killed by the thugs and agitators, or the thugs and agitators who were killed.”
There is still no official report of the number of protesters killed in November protests in Iran.