- B-52 Bombers Fly Over Persian Gulf As Pentagon Steps Up ‘Deterrence’ Warnings To Iran
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
US Central Command (CENTCOM) has confirmed on Wednesday that it flew B-52 “Stratofortress” bombers from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota non-stop to the Persian Gulf in order to send a warning message to Iran.
A pair of the massive bombers flew roundtrip in what Fox News described as a 30-plus-hour mission in order to “send a fresh warning to Iran” as a senior military official has warned of possible “complex attacks” against American interests in the region.
“The two-ship deployment also delivers a clear deterrent message to anyone who intends to do harm to Americans or American interests,” CENTCOM said in an official statement. The “deterrence” operation is part of a broader build-up of US forces in the Persian Gulf area, which lately included sailing the USS Georgia nuclear submarine last week through the Strait of Hormuz. Israel is also believed to have a sub operating in the region.
“The United States continues to deploy combat-ready capabilities into the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to deter any potential adversary, and make clear that we are ready and able to respond to any aggression directed at Americans or our interests,” CENTCOM commander Gen. Frank McKenzie said of the bomber flyover. “We do not seek conflict, but no one should underestimate our ability to defend our forces or to act decisively in response to any attack.”