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McKenzie: Military leader Soleimani's death forced Iran to rethink approach to US

McKenzie: Military leader Soleimani's death forced Iran to rethink approach to US
Nearly a year after the U.S. airstrike that killed a revered Iranian military leader, a senior American general said that Tehran is still considering retaliatory steps, raising the possibility of renewed confrontation with Iran in the Trump administration's final days.

Speaking to reporters by phone during an overseas trip, McKenzie said Soleimani's death had forced Iranian leaders to rethink their approach to the United States.But they've often doubted our will to respond," McKenzie said." McKenzie said the sudden death of someone he described as a charismatic leader and a "ruthless bureaucratic operator" also weakened Iran's grip on militia groups in Iraq that have long been a threat to American personnel, injecting another element of unpredictability into American attempts to anticipate and prepare for further Iranian retaliation.McKenzie said U.

Now, "there's a possibility that they will be less coordinated and some lower-level actor might have an opportunity to do something," McKenzie said.McKenzie: Military leader Soleimani's death forced Iran to rethink approach to US Nearly a year after the U.

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