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    Iranian Cleric: US Mideast Bases Won't Be Secure if it 'Does Anything Wrong'

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    The statement of Iranian prayer leader Ayatollah Mohammadali Movahedi Kermani comes amid intensified tensions between Iran and the US after Washington withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

    "If America does anything wrong, their bases around Iran will not remain secure," Mizan news agency quoted Ayatollah Mohammadali Movahedi Kermani as saying.

    READ MORE: US Pulling Some of Its Missile Systems Out of Middle East — Reports

    Earlier media reports stated that the US was pulling some of its anti-aircraft and missile batteries out of the Middle East. 

    It is not immediately clear what the exact number of US troops in the Middle East is, but according to recent Pentagon data, the country has roughly 54,000 troops in more than a dozen Middle Eastern countries and is maintaining military bases in seven of them. The general list includes Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain.

    The tensions between Iran and the US have intensified since the US withdrew in May from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal. Following the withdrawal, Washington is now reintroducing its sanctions against Iran, including extraterritorial ones.

    On Wednesday, during a meeting of the UN Security Council, US President Donald Trump said that the United States would introduce even tougher sanctions against Iran.


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