The United States Armed Forces revealed this Monday that it has sent two nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to fly over territories in the Middle East, in what they consider a show of force exercise, given the growing tensions between Washington and Iran.
‘AP News’ reports that the two bombers left the Fairford airbase, in the United Kingdom, and flew over the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the Arabian Peninsula and the Red Sea, as part of military exercises that had the participation of aircraft from the Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Israeli forces will also have been present at the exercises, although it has not been officially confirmed by Washington.
Israel, for its part, claimed that three F-16 jets had joined the multinational air mission, having accompanied the US bombers “along the skies of Israel, towards the Persian Gulf”.
General Alexus Grynkewich, the most senior US Air Force officer in the Middle East, says that “threats to the United States and our partners will not go unanswered”, noting that “missions like this demonstrate our ability to combine forces to deter and, if necessary, defeat our adversaries.”
Despite the absence of direct references to Iran, the US has already sent fighter planes to the Middle East region on several occasions.
Tensions between the US and Iran have been on the rise, especially due to the two countries’ involvement in the war in Syria. Also in August, Washington launched air strikes on eastern Syria, where militias backed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard are said to be.
Furthermore, the two countries have also been on opposite sides of the barricade when it comes to Iran’s nuclear aspirations. In Vienna, Austria, delegations from the US and Iran are trying to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement, to set tough limits on the development of the nuclear weapons production capabilities of that Middle Eastern country, from which the US withdrew during the presidency of Donald Trump.
However, no noteworthy progress has been made in the negotiations, with Washington accusing Tehran of being unwilling to make concessions.
Without the constraints of the agreement, Iran has been enriching uranium, although the government has always assured that it does not intend to manufacture nuclear weapons. However, experts point out that the country already has enough enriched uranium to create at least one nuclear bomb.
Source: With Agencies