(PM) — Acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan is en route to Asia and will deliver a major policy speech to include U.S. involvement in the Middle East.
Mr. Shanahan has discussed strengthening military ties with Turkey during a telephone call with Turkish Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar according to Turkish media.
Turkish Armed Forces and the Turkish Air Force have conducted air strikes in the last 48 hours in northern Iraq dubbed ‘Operation Pence (Paw)’.
The operation targeted member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and included precision missiles aimed at removing leaders of the PKK.
The United Nations recognizes PKK as a terrorist organization.
Iran Set to Feature
Mr. Shanahan’s Asia visit will involve discussions with others over the recent escalation in tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
On May 24 the U.S. announces that 1,500 troops were under deployment to the Middle East as a result of what is regarded as an increased threat of attacks from Iran.
In addition, the U.S. have also deployed B-52 bombers, Patriot missiles and a carrier strike group to supplement the existing military presence surrounding Iran.