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The US pulled resources out of the Middle East. Now it is rethinking that decision.

Posted on AllSides January 30th, 2024
From The Left
Defense and Security, Middle East, United States, US Intelligence
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In the hours following Hamas’ Oct. 7 assault on Israel, American officials rushed to determine if terrorist groups planned to attack troops and diplomats abroad. They immediately struggled.

The U.S. had spent years pulling back intelligence and military resources from the Middle East and shifting focus elsewhere, believing Russia and China posed greater threats. That shift was now being felt more acutely than ever.

Analysts whose work had been focused on other regions were forced to quickly switch to Hamas and the Middle East. As they did, they strained to...

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https://www.politico.com/news/2024/01/30/us-intel-american-attack-oct-7-00138475

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