The leading British officer in the fight against ISIS has said that there is no increased presence of forces backed by Iran in Iraq or Syria, contradicting the claims of top U.S. officials made to justify a growing American force in the region, Time reports.
“No – there’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria,” said Major General Christopher Ghika. Ghika is the deputy commander of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), a U.S.-British joint counter-terrorist task force.
He said that he has not had any reports of changes in Shia militias activity in Iraq, who have some degree of connection to Iran. “I think it’s important to say that many of them are compliant and we have seen no change in that posture since the recent exchange between the United States and Iran,” Ghika said.
The British general’s comments starkly contrast those of U.S. officials, who say that there are “clear indications” that Iranian forces will attack U.S. forces.