Retaliation expected from Shiite militants despite deescalation efforts
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mark Milley, said on January 8 that he “fully expects” that militia groups with ties to Iran will “conduct terrorist operations against US forces and coalition forces in Iraq and perhaps even elsewhere.”
When asked by reporters if Iran has finished retaliating for the killing of General Soleimani, Milley responded that it was still “too early to tell.”
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said that proxy groups directed by Iran may carry out attacks on US military bases. Esper also said that among the challenges the US faces will be to “sort through that, understand, who’s doing it, who’s motivating it.”
What is the Green Zone?
The Green Zone is the most common name for the International Zone of Baghdad. It is a 10 square kilometer area in the Karkh district in central Baghdad, Iraq’s capital city. The Green Zone is also where the embassies and consulates of the US and several other western countries are located.
After their invasion of Iraq in 2003, US-led forces closed this area off to the Iraqi public and it has been largely viewed as a safe location, despite frequently being the target of rocket attacks.
The contrasting Red Zone refers to parts of Baghdad immediately outside the perimeter, but the term is also applied to all unsecured areas outside of off-site military posts.
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