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US deploys B-52 nuclear capable bombers to the Middle East in show of force to deter Iran from avenging General Soleimani’s killing

US deploys B-52 nuclear capable bombers to the Middle East in show of force to deter Iran from avenging General Soleimani

The United States military flew nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the Middle East on Wednesday, December 30, amid ongoing tensions with Iran and Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, as well as new reports that Iran may seek to retaliate against the US to mark the one-year anniversary of the drone strike that killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s second most powerful figure in January 2020.

According to a statement, published Wednesday from US Central Command, which oversees military operations in the region, the deployment of the nuclear capable bombers was “to underscore the US military’s commitment to regional security and demonstrate a unique ability to rapidly deploy overwhelming combat power on short notice,”

 

US deploys B-52 nuclear capable bombers to the Middle East in show of force to deter Iran from avenging General Soleimani

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