US sends in aircraft carrier over Iran fears

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US sends in aircraft carrier over Iran fears


National Security Adviser John Bolton. Photo: AP
National Security Adviser John Bolton. Photo: AP

The US has deployed an aircraft carrier to the Middle East following “troubling and escalatory indications” that forces in Iran were preparing an attack on US forces in the region, according to a White House official.

National Security Adviser John Bolton said the decision was intended to “send a clear and unmistakable message” that any attack on US interests would be met with “unrelenting force”.

The deployment was approved after reports US forces at sea and on land were potential targets, according to a defence official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“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,” Mr Bolton said.

The USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force have been sent to the US Central Command region, which includes potential deployment the Middle East.

Mr Bolton did not provide details on the alleged attack but the statement is expected to raise tensions between the US and Iran.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the actions by the US had been planned for some time.

© Independent News Service

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