The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departed on October 14 from Norfolk, Virginia, to be deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean. (File photo)
They try to say that they are part of the resistance [to Israel], that they stand with the besieged Palestinian population in Gaza, but they do it in a way […] ] which they believe will help avoid a large-scale war, adds the expert.
In addition to attacks launched from Yemen and Lebanon, US anti-jihadist coalition forces in Iraq and Syria have been targeted by missiles and drones more than 70 times since mid-October. And the individuals claiming them have repeatedly cited the situation in Gaza as motivation for their actions.
The United States has attributed responsibility for these attacks on groups affiliated with Iran and in turn carried out several strikes against them, as well as against sites linked, according to Washington, to Tehran.
Such violence comes against a backdrop of the United States withdrawing from its strategy focused on counter-insurgency in the Middle East and Afghanistan, in favor of a strategy aimed at countering China, identified as the greatest challenge. more important for the world's leading power.
The United States has allocated significant resources to the Middle East since October 7, without might as well necessarily undermine their efforts in the Asia-Pacific region.
While a long-term focus on the Middle East would harm preparedness in East Asia, short-term responses are unlikely to cause short-term crises in East Asia. East, estimates Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank.
In addition, the capacity of the United deploying quickly to defend allies and interests is closely observed in Asia, among allies and rivals alike, says Alterman.
According to him, the situation in the Middle East could go in a bad direction, but for the moment he does not imagine a large-scale spread of the conflict.
The United States remains the dominant power and its adversaries are cautiously testing the limits, says Jon Alterman.