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    Post by Rocky Tue 12 Sep 2017, 4:56 am

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    US President Donald Trump is considering a strategy that calls for tougher US responses against Iran's forces and proxies in Iraq and Syria and its support for militant groups, five current and former US officials said.
    The proposal was prepared by Secretary of Defense Jim Matisse, Secretary of State Rex Tilerson, National Security Adviser HR McMaster and other senior officials, and was presented to Trump at a National Security Council meeting on Friday, the sources added.
    Two sources said the proposal could be approved and announced before the end of September, and all sources were aware of the draft and asked not to be named because Trump had not yet made a decision.
    It said the aim of the plan was to increase pressure on Tehran to curb its ballistic missile programs and support militants.
    "I will call it a comprehensive strategy for all harmful Iranian activities: financial matters, supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region, especially in Syria, Iraq and Yemen," a senior administration official said.
    The proposal also targets electronic espionage, other activities and possibly nuclear proliferation, he said.
    The Trump administration is still discussing a new position on an agreement signed by former President Barack Obama in 2015 to curb Iran's nuclear weapons program, and urges the draft to consider tougher economic sanctions if Iran breaks the agreement.
    The proposal includes strengthening US intercepts of Iranian arms shipments, such as those destined for Huthi militants in Yemen, Palestinian groups in Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula, a service official and a former senior official familiar with the matter said.
    In addition, three sources said that US naval forces could react more forcefully when they were harassed by Iranian Revolutionary Guards' speedboats.
    US ships launched warning light and warning caliber to keep the Revolutionary Guard boats approaching a threat, after refusing to comply with warnings over radios in the Strait of Hormuz, through which 35 percent of the world's sea-borne oil exports pass.
    US commanders are now allowed to open fire only when they believe their ships and the lives of their crew members are in danger, and the sources gave no details of the proposed changes to the rules, which are confidential.
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    The plan does not include an escalation of US military activity in Syria and Iraq, and Trump's national security aides argued that a stronger military response to Iran's proxies in Syria would complicate the US-led battle against a hawkish organization that they say should remain a priority.
    The five sources said Matisse, McMaster, the leaders of the US Central Command and the US Special Forces Command opposed allowing US commanders in Syria and Iraq to respond more forcefully to the provocations of the Revolutionary Guards, Hezbollah groups and other Iranian-backed armed groups.
    She said advisers were concerned that the facilitation of the rules of engagement would shift the focus of US forces away from defeating the rest of the organization.
    In addition, the facilitation of rules of engagement could involve the United States in a conflict with Iran at a time when US forces are burdened with burdens, and Trump has authorized a large troop increase in Afghanistan, the second administration official said.
    Another US official said Hezbollah and Shi'ite groups backed by Iran were "very useful" in recovering the vast territory that the group had announced to control in Syria and Iraq in 2014.
    Trump's opposition to the nuclear deal signed with Iran in 2015 is a dilemma for policymakers.
    US officials involved in the discussions said most of Trump's national security advisers were in favor of staying in the agreement.
    "The main issue for us was to persuade the president not to abandon the nuclear deal, but he has a strong sense of support from US Ambassador to the United Nations Nicky Healy that they should be tougher with Iran," one US official said.
    "The strategies that were presented to him were almost all trying to maintain the nuclear agreement, but refer to other issues."



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