U.S. military announced deploying B-52 bombers to the Middle East, on Saturday, 21 November, as a “Message to Iran,” according to Fox News.
U.S. Central Command said the U.S. Air Force B-52H ‘Stratofortress’ aircrews conducted the mission on “short notice” to “deter aggression and reassure U.S. partners and allies.”
“The ability to quickly move forces into, out of and around the theater to seize, retain and exploit the initiative is key to deterring potential aggression,” Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, 9th Air Force commander, wrote on Twitter.
“The ability to quickly move forces into, out of and around the theater to seize, retain and exploit the initiative is key to deterring potential aggression."
– Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, U.S. AFCENT commander. @USAFCENT #WinToday #AirPowerhttps://t.co/bwWD8cse6N pic.twitter.com/4kuACwal4M
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) November 21, 2020
“These missions help bomber aircrews gain familiarity with the region’s airspace and command, and control functions and allow them to integrate with the theater’s U.S. and partner air assets, increasing the combined force’s overall readiness.”
This came just days after the President Donald Trump administration announced a partial withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.