Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has expressed concern over the escalating attacks on U.S. troops in the Middle East by Iranian-backed groups. In an interview on Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Haley emphasized that the situation will only worsen.
Haley’s comments come in the wake of heightened tensions in the region, with Hamas militants launching an attack on Israel and over 150 attacks on U.S. troops across the Middle East. Just recently, three U.S. troops lost their lives in a drone attack in Jordan. The U.S. Department of Defense and President Joe Biden have confirmed that an Iran-backed militia group carried out the attack, although Iran denies involvement.
President Biden commented on the situation, noting, “As we continue to collect details about this assault, it is clear that it was executed by extremist groups with ties to Iran present in Syria and Iraq. Our response will honor their bravery and uphold their dedication to combating terrorism. Rest assured—we will ensure accountability for those involved, acting when and how we deem appropriate.”
During her appearance on Fox & Friends, Haley outlined her approach to dealing with Iran if she were to become president. She emphasized the need for innovative and targeted actions rather than a full-scale strike on Iran. Haley suggested targeting the key decision-makers within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). She emphasized that Iran is not concerned about losing fighters or missiles but rather about losing their financial resources and leadership.
The White House’s national security spokesperson, John Kirby, acknowledged the series of increasingly lethal attacks and stated that President Biden would be reviewing the appropriate response going forward. Kirby assured that the U.S. would respond to the attacks, but the U.S. would determine the timing and manner of the response.
The situation in the Middle East remains tense, with the U.S. and Iran engaged in a delicate balance of power. As the presidential race continues, candidates like Nikki Haley offer their perspectives on addressing the ongoing conflict in the region. The focus remains on protecting U.S. troops and holding those responsible for the attacks accountable.