US Army flies two nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortresses over the Middle East


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The US military flew two nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortresses over the Middle East on Sunday alongside allied aircraft from the UK Air Force, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, Central Command said. American (CENTCOM).

It is the Bomber Task Force’s (BTF) fourth mission so far this year and comes amid heightened tensions with Iran, which has attempted to seize several US marine drones that were operating in the waters. international last week.

During Sunday’s mission, the B-52 long-range bombers took off from England and flew over the eastern Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula and the Red Sea.

“This Bomber Task Force is a strong and clear representation of the United States’ enduring commitment to the region,” Lt. Gen. Alexus Grynkewich, commander of the 9th Air Force, said in a statement.

“Threats to the United States and our partners will not go unaddressed. Missions like this BTF demonstrate our ability to combine forces to deter and, if necessary, defeat our adversaries.”

As fighter jets from the United Kingdom, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia escorted the B-52 bombers overhead, the army’s central forces simulated firepower on the ground.

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Washington has been negotiating with Iran for 16 months in an attempt to revive the dead Iran nuclear deal.

Former Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, listens to Iranian Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi, left, during a tour of an exhibition of Iran's new nuclear achievements in Tehran , in Iran, in April 2021.

Former Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, listens to Iranian Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi, left, during a tour of an exhibition of Iran’s new nuclear achievements in Tehran , in Iran, in April 2021.
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Iran submitted a response to a US proposal to resuscitate the deal last month, but a State Department spokesman said it was “not constructive”.

While Iran has denied wanting to build a nuclear bomb, the country now has about 3,800 kilograms of uranium enriched to 60% purity, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Under the previous terms of the nuclear deal, Iran could only have 300 kilograms of uranium enriched up to 3.67%.

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An Iranian vessel seized a US marine drone in the Persian Gulf last Monday, but the Navy’s coastal ship USS Thunderbolt and an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter were dispatched to stop the seizure.

Then last Thursday, an Iranian warship seized and detained two US marine drones, but the US 5th Fleet again dispatched two destroyers and a helicopter to deter them.

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