US 5th Fleet commander: ‘Iranian actions have the attention of everyone’

Israel National News reports: “As tensions rise over Iran’s advancing nuclear program, Iranian attacks in the waterways of the Middle East and elsewhere in the region ‘have the attention of everyone,’ Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, the head of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, told AP Tuesday.

‘We’re focused on expanding our partnerships,’ Cooper said on the sidelines of Abu Dhabi’s International Defense Exhibition and Conference. ‘The short answer is, the Iranian actions have the attention of everyone.’

Cooper says he’s seen a rise in ‘malign activities’ on Iran’s part in the region over his two years leading the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. While Cooper pointed to recent weapons confiscations by American and allied forces in the region as a success, he acknowledged that Iran has been able to carry out drone attacks targeting shipping in the Middle East and other assaults in the region…”

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