U.S. Department of Defense
By Lisa Ferdinando
Thursday, 9 March 2017
WASHINGTON, March 9, 2017 — Iran poses the most significant threat toU.S. Central Command's complex area of responsibility, Centcom commanderArmy Gen. Joseph L. Voteltold the Senate Armed Services Committee today.
Centcom has dealt with a number of significant challenges over the past 12 months, including in Iraq and Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt and the Sinai, the Bab-el-Mandeb strait, he said.
"We are also dealing with a range of malign activities perpetrated by Iran and its proxies operating in the region," the general said at the hearing on the posture of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command.
"It is my view that Iran poses the greatest long-term threat to stability for this part of the world," Votel said.
Iranian activities of concern, according to Votel, include "malign influence across Iraq and Syria," and efforts to prop up the Syrian regime and exploit Shia population centers.