Washington sends strategic B-52 bombers to the Middle East
09:34 - 08/05/2019
Four B-52 bombers will be part of additional troops to be sent to the Middle East to counter what Washington says are "clear signs" of a threat to its troops from Iran, US officials said .
The US military will deploy four B-52 bombers, the report said, citing US officials who asked not to be named, saying the number could change.
The developments come days after White House national security adviser John Bolton said Trump would send an attack squad consisting of an aircraft carrier and a number of bombers to the Middle East.
The US military confirmed earlier this week that the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier was due to fly to the Middle East, but that it would be accelerated due to heightened tensions with Iran .
The United States usually keeps bombers in the area, and there have been B-1 bombers until last month. The B-52 bombers are long-range and nuclear-capable.
The spokesman for the US Central Command, responsible for US military operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan, Bill Urban, has confirmed that the additional forces were requested after the emergence of "clear signs recently" that Iran and its allied forces may be preparing to attack US forces in the region.
Washington announced on Monday it would send an aircraft carrier and a group of ships to the Iranian coast to warn Tehran of the consequences of any attack on the interests of the United States or its allies.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday after canceling his planned visit to the German capital of Berlin at the last minute because of "pressing international security issues", the State Department said.
US media linked the cancellation of Pompeo's visit to Berlin, and reports that the United States received intelligence information that Iran was preparing to attack US forces in the region.