U.S. Sends Air Craft Carrier And Bomber Task Force To Iran


Shane Rakes

The US said it is sending an aircraft carrier and a bomber task force to the Middle East in response to what it called “a credible threat” by Iranian regime forces. The deployment of the forces was first announced by the national security adviser, John Bolton, on Sunday, and confirmed by the acting defence secretary, Patrick Shanahan, on Monday. Neither official gave any explanation of the alleged Iranian threat.

According to one of the reports, information passed on by Israeli intelligence contributed to the US threat assessment. Shanahan said in a series of tweets on Monday that the deployment “represents a prudent repositioning of assets in response to indications of a credible threat by Iranian regime forces”. “We call on the Iranian regime to cease all provocation. We will hold the Iranian regime accountable for any attack on US forces or our interests,” he said.

There are no aircraft carrier’s  or bomber task force in US Central Command’s area of operations, the Middle East and Afghanistan. The Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group is in the Mediterranean and was on the way to the Middle East, but defence officials said it’s trip would be accelerated. It was unclear on Monday what kind of bombers would be deployed to the region and where they would be based.

They announced deployment comes in the midst of a week of particular high tension. On May 2, the US ended waivers that allowed China, India and Turkey to continue to buy Iranian oil without US sanctions. On Wednesday marks the first anniversary of the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran , and both Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani are expected to mark the day by raising the stakes.

Lakewood High School graduate, David Dailey said, ” This is horrible, I hope nothing happens.