American B-52 Strato fortress bombers have arrived at a U.S. base in Qatar, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said.
The bombers have been sent to the Middle East over what Washington describes as threats from Iran
US military said on Tuesday that a number of B-52 bombers would be part of additional forces being sent to the Middle East to counter what the Trump administration says are “clear indications” of threats from Iran to U.S. forces there, Reuters reported.
Iran on the other hand has dismissed the new US deployments, including of an aircraft carrier, as old news announced now to intimidate it through “psychological warfare,” at a time when Washington is also tightening financial sanctions. The USS Abraham Lincoln is replacing another carrier rotated out of the Gulf last month.
A picture taken by US Air Force personnel stationed in Al Udaid air base and posted on the CENTCOM website showed two aircraft. The caption said: “B-52 Arrival. US B-52H Stratofortress aircraft assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron are parked on a flight line May 8, 2019.”