מטוסי קרב של צה״ל מסוג F-15 ליוו היום שני מפציצים אמריקאים מדגם B-52 מעל שמי מדינת ישראל
Israeli F-15 fighters accompanying two American B-52 heavy bombers
Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
U.S. President Joe Biden

IAF joins U.S. B-52s in aerial warning to Iran

U.S. Army's Central Command says the two heavy bombers were also accompanied by military aircraft from Saudi Arabia and Qatar as they carried out fourth such deployment this year and second since Biden took office

Associated Press |
Published: 03.07.21 , 16:51
A pair of B-52 bombers flew over the Mideast on Sunday, the latest such mission in the region aimed at warning Iran amid tensions between Washington and Tehran.
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  • The U.S. military's Central Command said the two B-52s flew over the region accompanied by military aircraft from nations including Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. It marked the fourth-such bomber deployment into the Mideast this year and the second under President Joe Biden.
    Israeli F-15 fighters accompanying two American B-52 heavy bombers
    (Video: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
    Flight-tracking data showed the two B-52s flew out of Minot Air Base in North Dakota, something Central Command did not mention in its statement on the flights.
    The military did not directly mention Iran in its statement, saying the flight was to “deter aggression and reassure partners and allies of the U.S. military’s commitment to security in the region.”
    However, such flights had become common in the last months of former President Donald Trump’s administration. Trump’s 2018 decision to unilaterally withdraw from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers sparked a series of escalating incidents in the region.
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    U.S. President Joe Biden
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    Biden has expressed a desire to return to the deal if Iran honors the deal’s limits on its nuclear program. However, tensions remain high after militias in Iraq — likely backed by Iran — continue to target American interests.
    Biden last month launched an airstrike just over the border into Syria in retaliation, joining every American president from Ronald Reagan onward who has ordered a bombardment of countries in the Middle East.
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