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Carter: we will bolster our allies’ security if necessary

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the US is prepared to bolster the security of its allies in the Middle East, using military means if necessary, to check what he calls Iran’s “malign influence” in the region.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter appears before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, June 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP)
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter appears before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, June 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP)

His statement is intended to reassure allies nervous about the landmark deal reached with Iran to control its nuclear program. Israel is strongly opposed to it.

Carter says deterrence remains a major component of America’s national security and the US has tens of thousands of military personnel in the region to defend against any aggression, ensure freedom of navigation in the Gulf and make sure Iran’s influence is restricted.

— AP

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