US makes force posture changes amid Iran threats to attack Israel: White House

Officials familiar with US intelligence tell Al Arabiya English Iran’s response expected this weekend

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There have been force posture changes to US military assets in the Middle East due to Iran’s threats to retaliate against Israel, the White House says.

National Security Council Spokesman John Kirby said the Iranian threat was real and was being taken seriously.

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“We still deem the potential threat by Iran here to be real, to be viable,” he told reporters on a call. But Kirby did not elaborate further on the intelligence the US gathered to make this assessment while also refusing to confirm reports that the Iranian attack was “imminent.”

Pentagon officials have said the US will continue to take appropriate steps to ensure the protection of American forces in the region.

Officials familiar with US intelligence told Al Arabiya English that they anticipate Iran’s response to be carried out this weekend.

Washington is also making sure Israel has “what it needs” to defend itself, Kirby said.

As for the US military force posture, Kirby said the US had made changes to “make sure that we’re properly prepared.”

“I certainly can’t deny that we’ve taken a look at that and made some adjustments. I’m not in a position to get into the actual details of what that looks like,” he added.

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