(Iran situation – Iran’s nuclear issue)
Amid tensions with Iran, the Pentagon deployed its squadron of B-52 bombers to the Diego Garcia base in the Indian Ocean.
The U.S. Air Force has deployed a squadron of six B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers to an air base on Diego Garcia Island, a US-supported military base on an island of the same name in India. Duong, a strategic US military pedal that controlled the Middle East – Indian Ocean region, had previously been the starting point of US naval air force in military operations in the Gulf.
The base is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, just south of Iran’s southernmost point, about 2,300 miles (3700km), but still within striking distance of refueling bombers. Diego Garcia is a popular stop for US bombers.
The British government has leased the small island of Diego Garcia to the United States of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean, since 1966.
An American official told CNN on January 7 that the Pentagon will soon send six heavy bombers to an air base on Diego Garcia Island, a British territory that the United States has leased, to reinforce potential potential deal with Iran if a war broke out.
By the morning of January 7, US Air Force (USAF) bombers were spotted flying from US territory across the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean.
|The flight path of two American B-52s across the Atlantic to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean|
According to Aircraft Spots, two B-52H Stratofortress bombers bearing MYTEE 51 and 52 took off from Barksdale Air Base in Louisana, with a flight to Diego Garcia.
Built by Boeing, the eight-engine B-52 flight fortress is the largest U.S. bomber, capable of carrying a variety of weapons, including cruise missiles, conventional bombs and navigation. laser and especially a nuclear gravity bomb.
Washington previously sent a number of B-52 bombers to Qatar in May 2019, along with other forces including a carrier strike group, also during events involving increased tension. straight with Iran.
This information comes in the context of US President Donald Trump said on January 6 that the United States is ready to attack 52 targets in Iran, including not only state, military, but also a site of cultural significance, if Iran retaliated against the US assassination of Iran’s commander of al-Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani.
The general was killed at Baghdad airport on January 3 in a US drone attack. US leaders declared the action a defense against Iran’s hostility and emphasized that Soleimani is plotting to attack US Iraq targets such as the embassy and military bases.
The Iraqi government later revealed Soleimani had traveled to Baghdad at the request of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to hear a proposal from a regional rival and US ally Saudi Arabia to resolve the conflict between the two. The party, which has been involved in the “tanker war” in the Strait of Hormuz since September last year, through Iraqi mediation.