US support for security in Mideast


The US has warned it was capable of deploying “overwhelming force” in the Middle East as it faced questions about its willingness to use its military power in the region.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told the Manama Dialogue in Bahrain’s capital that all options would be open if diplomacy failed to halt Iran’s nuclear program, but he was also forced to rebut claims that the US had become reluctant to use force.

The Pentagon chief was asked why Washington did not respond to last month’s drone-and-artillery attack on a base used by the US-led coalition fighting Daesh in Syria.—Reuters


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