Iran Vows to Defeat ‘American-Zionist Alliance’ as Putin Warns Against U.S. Pressure

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, deployed to the Gulf

After Pompeo visit, Russia says U.S. could drive Tehran into a corner

Iran will defeat the American and Israeli alliance, Iran’s Minister of Defense Amir Hatami said on Wednesday, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). “We will defeat the American-Zionist front,” he said.

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The official’s comments come amid spiraling U.S.-Iranian tensions and the arrival of a major U.S. aircraft carrier group to the region, and on the heels of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Moscow. The Kremlin said Pompeo’s visit failed to allay its concerns over the ongoing crisis.

Vessel equipped with modern guided-missile system and capable of operating underwater for up to five weeks.
Rouhani on Sunday said that Iran ‘will not bow down to the hegemonic power’ [File: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA]

Pompeo made surprise visit to Baghdad this month after U.S. intelligence showed Iran-backed Shi’ite militias positioning rockets near bases housing U.S. forces, according to two Iraqi security sources.

He told Iraq’s top brass to keep the militias, which are expanding their power in Iraq and now form part of its security apparatus, in check, the sources said. If not, the U.S. would respond with force.

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