UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has recognized the US Central Command (CENTCOM) as a terrorist group, accusing the United States of supporting terrorism, the Iranian state television and radio company (IRIB) said.
The following is background information
The Central Command of the United States Armed Forces (CENTCOM) is one of nine structures within the US Department of Defense and is responsible for the planning of operations and the management of US forces during military operations in the Middle East, East Africa and Central Asia.
The organization’s area of responsibility includes 27 states, including Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Qatar, Kenya, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia, as well as the waters of the Persian Gulf, the Red and Arabian Seas and the north-western Indian Ocean. Since 1999, the planning and management of the operations of the American troops in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have passed under the authority of CENTCOM.
The headquarters of the organization is located at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
The headquarters performs the following functions : continuously monitors and assesses the military-political situation in the area of command responsibility; plans operations involving the troops assigned to him; directs their operational and combat training in the territory of the countries of the region of responsibility; conducts work to improve the military infrastructure and the creation of stocks of weapons, equipment and materiel.
CENTCOM was created on January 1, 1983 on the basis of the Rapid Deployment Force (RDJTF) to support US interests in the Middle East.
With the support of the organization, a number of large-scale military operations were carried out: “Desert Storm” (January-February 1991) and “Fox in the Desert” (December 1998) against Iraq, “Restore Hope” (1992-1993) in Somalia, “Unbending freedom “(since October 2001) in Afghanistan and others.
The CENTCOM Commander is under the operational control of five commanders: the ground forces, the air force, the navy, the MP and the operations forces.
As of February 2018, the contingent of the organization amounted to more than 90 thousand employees deployed throughout the CENTCOM area of responsibility.
In the event of a crisis situation and when the country’s leadership makes a political decision on the use of armed forces, organizations also receive in advance prepared formations and units from all types of US forces.
Since March 2019, General Kenneth MacKenzie has been the head of the Central Command of the US Armed Forces.
On April 8, 2019, the Iranian Supreme National Security Council recognized the US Central Command as a terrorist group, accusing the US of supporting terrorism.
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