“The last thing Washington wants to do is start a conflict with Russia right now, “the head of the US Central Command, the army Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla, said on Monday.
Kurilla stressed that his county’s troops will defend itself and won’t hesitate to respond after he met last week with dozens of Special Operations forces and foreign trainees stationed at the sprawling al-Tanaf base in eastern Syria, according to “The Washington Post” newspaper.
Kurilla made it clear that there is pressure to draw some red lines in Syria.
Kurilla attributed Russia’s increased bravado in Syria to Colonel-General Aleksandr Chayko, who has returned to the Middle East after a hiatus in commanding Russian forces in Ukraine.
It is noteworthy that the dispute between Russia and America coincides with escalating the provocation by Iran and its proxies in the region, especially after the infiltration of “fast attack” boats led by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards militia into American ships in the Persian Gulf.
The month of June saw multiple instances of what US military officials described as “provocative,” “escalatory,” or “unsafe and unprofessional” actions by Russia and Iran.