Iran’s vow to strike the US military in retaliation for Soleimani‘s killing presents the Pentagon with a massive force protection problem.
In an exclusive CNN interview on Sunday, Maj. Gen. Hossein Dehghan — the military adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — said that Tehran’s response to the US drone strike would be to hit back directly on American “military sites.”
What this means for the US: From Singapore to Djibouti and Bahrain to Brazil, today the US operates about 800 military bases and logistical facilities outside its sovereign territory — more than any other nation.
And every US installation — even every soldier, sailor, airman or Marine — could be a target. Presumably, that could also include US Navy ships at sea, US Air Force planes at airports or in the world’s skies, or even US troops enjoying themselves off base and off duty.
(With inputs from CNN)