Brett McGurk, the former head of the anti-Isis coalition under Barack Obama and Donald Trump, has warned that America is now effectively at war with Tehran.
He told MSNBC: “As an American who has served a lot of time in Iraq, including in 2007, 2008 period when we were really in a very hot war with a lot of these Iranian-backed groups, I really feel that it’s a measure of justice done.
“I have colleagues that were killed by some of these groups.
“I’m also hearing from former colleagues in the region a lot of concern, obviously, about where this goes.
“I think we need to presume, now, as a country, like it or not, we need to presume that we’re in a state of war with Iran. This has been a covert war, a shadow war, for 40 years, but with this action I think we need to presume – to protect our people in the region, to protect our interests – that we’re in a state of war with Iran.”