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Pentagon’s new Middle East chief fixes sights on Iran threat

Gen. Frank McKenzie, the Pentagon’s new top military commander in the Middle East, faces the lingering threat of Iran with limited military authorities at his disposal and a wary Congress.

Days after the Donald Trump administration touted the deployment of an aircraft carrier group and a suite of radar-busting bombers to the Middle East as a warning to Iran, the Pentagon’s new top commander in the region used his first public appearance on Wednesday to pin the country as the region's greatest long-term threat to the United States.

US Central Command said today that the USS Abraham Lincoln had arrived in the Middle East along with four bombers.

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