At the same time, the king expressed alarm over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to annex the Jordan Valley, calling it “election politics rhetoric,” and that such a move could destabilize the region.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says an infantry battalion from Immediate Response Force (IRF) of the 82nd Airborne Division is being sent immediately • Preparations are underway to deploy more forces.
Earlier in the day, thousands of Iraquis attended funerals of fighters from the Iranian-backed militias who were killed in U.S. airstrikes two days ago. At least 25 pro-Iranian militia were killed in the airstrikes.
Turkish media has been discussing U.S. bases after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s statement in a Dec. 15 interview that “if it needs to be shut down, we will shut down Incirlik [Airbase]. If it needs to be shut down, we will shut down Kürecik [Radar Station].”