The New York Times reports that the Biden administration is sending messages to Iran indicating that they will interject militarily should they attempt an attack on Israel.
The threat, according to the paper of record, was conveyed through multiple sources involved with a trip to Iraq by Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“Officials said that the Biden administration has sent messages to Iran and Hezbollah through regional partners that the U.S. would be prepared to intervene militarily against them if they launched attacks against Israel,” they write.
Blinken’s trip to Iraq, according to the Times, was designed in part to send “a message to Iran about the Biden administration’s commitment to defending its personnel” in the Middle East.
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Did The Biden Administration Warn Iran That They’re Willing To Take Military Action?
Secretary Blinken told reporters following his visit to Baghdad that it was “important to send a very clear message to anyone who might seek to take advantage of the conflict in Gaza to threaten our personnel here or anywhere else in the region – Don’t do it.”
“We will take every necessary step to protect our people,” he added.
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The State Department appears to have denied that specific messages have been sent and backtracked after the New York Times report was published.
In a press briefing later on Monday, principal deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel was asked to confirm the report. He denied the substance.
“First, I would say any notion that a message has been sent is categorically false. That is not true,” Patel said.
“But from day one of this administration … we have been clear-eyed about the many threats that are posed by Iran, and since these October 7th attacks – and even prior to that – we have used a combination of deterrence, pressure, and diplomacy to continue to counter Iran’s destabilizing activities,” he continued.
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Troops Heading To The Middle East
Meanwhile, Fox News producer Liz Friden is reporting on the numbers involved in the strategic moving of military personnel in the Middle East since the October 7th terrorist attacks in Israel.
“The U.S. has sent/redirected over 17,200 military personnel to the Middle East since Oct 7th,” she wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“This includes 12,000 sailors on the USS Ford [and] Eisenhower carrier strike groups, 4,000 sailors [and] marines with the Bataan amphibious ready group, and 1,200 troops deployed to the region,” she added.
Iranian Defense Minister Mohammad-Reza Ashtiani warned over the weekend that they will take action if a cease-fire is not implemented by Israel in Gaza.
“Our advice to the Americans is to immediately stop the war in Gaza and implement a ceasefire, otherwise they will be hit hard,” he said.
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