US B-52 Bomber Again Flies Over Mideast Amid Iran Tensions

In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 handout photo, released by the U.S. Air Force, a B-52 bomber from the 2nd Bomb Wing of Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, right, flies with Royal Saudi Air Force F-15s during a mission in the Middle East. The U.S. military said Wednesday it again flew a B-52 bomber over the Middle East "to deter potential aggression" amid tensions with Iran. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Roslyn Ward, via AP)

(AP) — The U.S. military says it has again flown a B-52 bomber over the Middle East “to deter potential aggression” amid tensions with Iran.

The B-52 flew nonstop from Louisiana’s Barksdale Air Force Base into the region on Wednesday. Flight-tracking data showed the plane went over both the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia.

The U.S. military’s Central Command later published images of the bomber flying alongside Royal Saudi Air Force F-15s. It did not mention Iran in its statement but the Central Command said the flight was meant to “showcase the U.S. commitment to regional security.”


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