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Two American B-52 bombers flew more than 30 hours of non-stop round-trip flight from the United States to the Middle East to send a new warning to Iran as a senior military official said new warnings had been discovered. a sign that potential « complex attacks » against Americans are brewing as the U’s one year anniversary. S.. . killing Iran’s most powerful general looms.
In an instruction, U. . S.. . Central Command said the bombers took off Tuesday morning from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. This was the third time in 45 days. S.. . Air force bombers have flown deterrent missions over the Persian Gulf accompanied by a fighter. The bombers flew through without incident and Iran had not responded publicly until Wednesday morning.
A U. . S.. . The Air Force B-52 from Barksdale Air Force Base is refueled from the air by a KC-135 Stratotanker above the U.. S.. . Area of responsibility of the central command Dec.. . 30, 2020. The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range heavy bomber that can travel at high subsonic speeds at altitudes of up to 50. Can fly 000 feet and carry nuclear or precision-guided conventional ordnance with global precision navigational capability. (U. . S.. . Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Roslyn Ward)
« The United States continues to deploy combat-ready capabilities in the U.. S.. . Central Command is responsible for deterring potential adversaries and making it clear that we are ready and able to respond to any aggression directed against Americans or our interests, « Gen said. . Frank McKenzie, commander of U. . S.. . Central command. « We are not looking for conflict, but nobody should underestimate our ability to defend our armed forces or respond decisively to attacks. «
Jan. . 3 marks the one year anniversary of U. . S.. . Special forces kill Iranian Maj. gene. . Qassem Soleimani during a drone attack in Baghdad. A new u. . S.. . According to a senior U, Iran wants to « avenge this murder ». S.. . Military official who spoke to Fox News and a small group of reporters prior to the bomber flight. The officer asked for anonymity to discuss the sensitive information.
The new information on Iran is the « most worrying » information received since Soleimani was assassinated last year. In May 2019, U. . S.. . Officials discovered a wave of weapons pouring into Iraq causing U.. S.. . Central command to request the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln to be dispatched to the region.
The new bomber flight comes a week after President Trump threatened retaliation against Iran after 21 missiles were fired at the U.. S.. . Embassy in Baghdad on Dec.. . 20, the largest attack on the sprawling diplomatic compound in the past decade. The senior official said they also saw the « potential for other more complex attacks » against Americans in Iraq: « I think it is likely that the U. . S.. . The embassy in Baghdad would be attacked again in some way. «
« We are seeing plans for complex attacks, particularly in Iraq, that will require Iranian aid to be withdrawn, » warned the official. « We are unclear if this is contingency planning or if it is a plan that is moving forward because the permit has been granted and they are just trying to get all the pieces in place and execute. «
While there are a number of potential attacks against Americans in the Middle East, « Iraq is the most worrying, » the official said.
« We are seeing a lot of advanced conventional weapons of various types pouring across the border into Iraq, » they added. « The threat streams are very real. «
U. . S.. . Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon is refueled from the air from a KC-135 Stratotanker above the U. S.. . Area of responsibility of the central command Dec.. . 30, 2020. The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range heavy bomber that can travel at high subsonic speeds at altitudes of up to 50. Can fly 000 feet and carry nuclear or precision-guided conventional ordnance with global precision navigational capability. (U. . S.. . Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Roslyn Ward)
When asked what types of « complex attacks » Iran might be planning, the official said short-range ballistic missiles or possibly « unmanned systems », cruise missiles and « quad-copters » were similar to the attack on Saudi oil processing plants Aramco last year.
« The extent of this planning and the complexity of the planned attacks caught our attention. «
In his tweet two days before Christmas, Trump showed photos of three missiles that failed to launch while attacking the embassy and said they came from Iran. « Some friendly health advice to Iran: If an American is killed, I will hold Iran accountable. Think about it, « said the President.
Since the missile attack last week on the U. . S.. . Iraqi officials have made a number of arrests at the embassy in Baghdad. « The Iraqis are really coming to the fore here » to disrupt future attacks against Americans, the official said.
All U. . S.. . The military planning against Iran is « defensive » in nature, the official said as a precautionary measure in case Iran launches new attacks against American interests. There are no offensive strikes planned, the official added. Messages warning Tehran have also been sent to Iran through intermediaries in Iraq, the official said.
Last month, the leading Iranian nuclear scientist was gunned down with an allegedly remote-controlled machine gun. Officials in Tehran accused Israel of targeted murder. Given the close relationship between the U. . S.. . and Israel: « There is a possibility that we will be caught in the middle, » warned the official.
On New Year’s Eve last year, a mob attacked the U. S.. . Embassy in Baghdad. No Americans were injured, but a rapid response force from U.. . S.. . Marines were flown in from Kuwait for security after the embassy was damaged in the riots.
Days later, on Jan. . 3, an American drone circling over Baghdad’s international airport, killed the Iranian Quds Force commander, Maj. gene. . Qassem Soleimani together with the Iran-supported militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. To Pooh. S.. . Military officials said Soleimani was responsible for killing hundreds of American troops during the Iraq war. They said Soleimani was also responsible for a spate of rocket attacks against U.. S.. . Bases and the embassy in Iraq.
Last week it was with up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles and dry deck protection for Navy SEALs armed guided missile submarine USS Georgia, according to the 5th. Navy fleet invaded the Persian Gulf. It was the first public announcement of a guided missile submarine that led the Strait of Hormuz off the Iranian coast into the Gulf into the Gulf. The submarine was accompanied by cruisers Port Royal and Philippine Sea, each armed with dozen of cruise missiles. The guided missile destroyer John Paul Jones also patrols the Persian Gulf.
The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz is currently off the Somali coast in the Indian Ocean but could return north to the Arabian Sea to launch attacks from dozens of F-18 super hornets if necessary, the senior military official said. Last month, a squadron of American F-16 jet fighters from Germany arrived at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.
The aim of the bomber flights, as well as the increased American firepower in the Persian Gulf in the last few days, is to prevent Iran from « sending them a clear signal that they should decide to take action against our armed forces ». We have the ability to answer, « said the officer.
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