US general says Russia turmoil could spill to Middle East

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By LOLITA C. BALDOR | AP
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Tue, 2022-02-08 20:32

WASHINGTON: The Army general tapped to take over as top US commander in the Middle East warned senators Tuesday that if Russian invades Ukraine, as many fear, it could create broader instability in the Middle East, including Syria. But he was clear that Iran remains the key threat to US and allies in the region.
Lt. Gen. Erik Kurilla also told the Senate Armed Services Committee that China is expanding its power and spending in the Central Command region, including in countries needed by the US to gather intelligence on extremist activities in Afghanistan.

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