U.S. Bomber Aircraft Fly Missions to Middle East to Deter Iran

Two massive United States bomber aircraft flew to the Middle East on Dec. 10 in a round-trip mission intended to deter Iran from attacking U.S. troops in the region.

Two massive United States bomber aircraft flew to the Middle East on Dec. 10 in a round-trip mission intended to deter Iran from attacking U.S. troops in the region.

According to Gen. Frank McKenzie, the senior U.S. Forces commander in the Middle East, the 36-hour flight of a pair of U.S. Air Force B-52H bombers to the Persian Gulf was “to underscore the U.S. military’s commitment to its regional partners” and “to rapidly deploy combat power anywhere in the world.”

“The ability to fly strategic bombers halfway across the world in a non-stop mission, and to rapidly integrate them with multiple regional partners demonstrates our close working relationships and our shared commitment to regional security and stability,” the general said in a statement.

According to officials, the aircraft from the Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana were in the gulf region for around two hours to send a direct message to Iran before returning to base.

This recent long-range flight mission is the second to be conducted near Iranian air space on short notice in three weeks. Last Nov. 21, two other B-52s warplanes from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota conducted a similar mission in the area.

The military flight mission comes two weeks after the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last Nov. 27, and it also comes weeks before the anniversary of the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Major General Qassim Suleimani in Iraq last Jan. 3.


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