B-52s deploying to Middle East amid threats of “possible attack"

B-52s deploying to Middle East amid threats of “possible attack"
B-52 sits on the flightline before takeoff at Barksdale Air Force Base

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - CBS News reports four B-52 bombers, two from Barksdale Air Force base, are being deployed to the Middle East in response to what administration officials said earlier this week are threats of a possible attack by Iran or allied fighters on American troops in the region.

A Defense Department official told CBS News’ Martin the U.S. has detected “a number of preparations for possible attack” on U.S. forces at sea and on land. The official said the decision to order the deployment was made Sunday.

B-52 soars in the sky above Barksdale Air Force Base (Source: KSLA News 12)
B-52 soars in the sky above Barksdale Air Force Base (Source: KSLA News 12)

On Sunday, White House national security adviser John Bolton said the U.S. was deploying a bomber task force and the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. Central Command region, an area that includes the Middle East. Bolton said the movement was in response to “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings.”

He didn’t provide details, but said the U.S. wants to send a “clear and unmistakable” message to Iran that “unrelenting force” would meet any attack on U.S. interests or those of its allies.

"The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces," he said.

KSLA has reached out to leaders at Barksdale Air Force Base for comment. They have referred us to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).

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