Monday, January 15, 2007

Iran target of US Gulf military moves, Gates says

Mark Tran and agencies
Monday January 15, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

"Increased US military activity in the Gulf is aimed at Iran's 'very negative' behaviour, the Bush administration said today.

"The defence secretary, Robert Gates, told reporters that the decision to deploy a Patriot missile battalion and a second aircraft carrier to the Gulf in conjunction with a 'surge' of troops in Iraq was designed to show Iran that the US was not 'overcommitted' in Iraq.

"Speaking in Brussels after meeting Nato officials, Mr Gates said: 'We are simply reaffirming that statement of the importance of the Gulf region to the United States and our determination to be an ongoing strong presence in that area for a long time into the future.'" ...