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US B-52 Bombers Fly Over Middle East in Show of Force

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US B-52 Bombers Fly Over Middle East in Show of Force

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B-52H Stratofortress bombers flew over the Middle East on Sunday in the midst of tensions with Iran, according to U.S. officials. U.S. Central Command wrote that B-52H crews have conducted their “second Middle East presence patrol of 2021 as key part of CENTCOM’s defensive posture.” The agency, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, included photos of the nuclear-capable bombers flying over the region. It is the fifth time that U.S. Air Force planes have been flown over the Middle East in recent months, according to Central Command. Gen. Frank McKenzie, Central Command’s commander, told news outlets that the missions are designed to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to the region. “Short-term deployments of strategic assets are an important part of our defensive posture in the region,” he said in a statement. “The training opportunity and continued integration with regional partners improves readiness and delivers a clear and consistent …

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