Aiming to isolate Iran, the U.S. looks increasingly isolated itself


Staff Sgt. Ashley Gardner • U.S. Air Force via Associated Press

Many traditional U.S. allies are concerned about the threat of yet another conflict in the Middle East. Above, a U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress took off from Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.

The Trump administration has spent years trying to convince U.S. allies that the international community needed to isolate Iran. But this week, as a series of provocations appeared to raise the possibility of conflict, it looks increasingly like the United States itself may be increasingly isolated.

Britain, historically the United States' closest ally, is openly balking at the prospect of a war with Iran. A British military commander undercut U.S. claims of increased activity by Tehran's proxies Tuesday, telling reporters that there had been "no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq or Syria."


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