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New Iran Threat 'Hard To Discern,' House Armed Services Committee Chair Says

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) tells Here & Now he's been briefed on the situation and has had multiple conversations with acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan.
Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., during a House Armed Services Committee budget hearing on April 2, 2019. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Images reported by The New York on Wednesday showed Iranian missiles on small boats in the Persian Gulf. Now, lawmakers are demanding briefings on what the Trump administration has called threatening actions, though evidence still appears scant and U.S. allies say they’re skeptical.

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