B-52s Fly Over Mideast in US Warning 03/07 08:57
A pair of B-52 bombers flew over the Mideast on Sunday, the latest such
mission in the region aimed at warning Iran amid tensions between Washington
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A pair of B-52 bombers flew over the
Mideast on Sunday, the latest such mission in the region aimed at warning Iran
amid tensions between Washington and Tehran.
The U.S. military's Central Command said the two B-52s flew over the region
accompanied by military aircraft from nations including Israel, Saudi Arabia
and Qatar. It marked the fourth-such bomber deployment into the Mideast this
year and the second under President Joe Biden.
Flight-tracking data showed the two B-52s flew out of Minot Air Base in
North Dakota, something Central Command did not mention in its statement on the
flights though authorities later published images of the flight crew preparing
its departure there.
The military did not directly mention Iran in its statement, saying the
flight was to "deter aggression and reassure partners and allies of the U.S.
military's commitment to security in the region."
However, such flights had become common in the last months of former
President Donald Trump's administration. Trump's 2018 decision to unilaterally
withdraw from Iran's nuclear deal with world powers sparked a series of
escalating incidents in the region.
Biden has expressed a desire to return to the deal if Iran honors the deal's
limits on its nuclear program. However, tensions remain high after militias in
Iraq --- likely backed by Iran --- continue to target American interests.
Biden last month launched an airstrike just over the border into Syria in
retaliation, joining every American president from Ronald Reagan onward who has
ordered a bombardment of countries in the Middle East.
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