BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The U.S. made the decision to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf on Monday morning to protect their forces from a potential Iranian attack, a defense official told the Associated Press.

According to the AP report, the reason for the deployment of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln to the Persian Gulf was due to “clear indications” that Iranian forces were preparing an assault on the U.S. forces in the Middle East region.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information, said the Pentagon approved the deployments and that U.S. forces at sea and on land were thought to be the potential targets. The official declined to be more specific.

U.S. national security adviser, John Bolton, announced on Sunday evening that the U.S. Navy was deploying the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region, an area that includes the Middle East.

Bolton said the move was in response to “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings.” He didn’t provide details, but said the US wants to send a message that “unrelenting force” will meet any attack on US 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.

Last week, the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, traveled on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln to also send a message, but this time it was intended for Moscow.

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Huntsman said he wanted to let Russia know that their behavior would not be tolerated, especially after their interventions in Syrian, Venezuelan, and Ukrainian affairs.

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Ilya Ilyayev

It is an astonishingly stupid idea to move a large aircraft carrier task force into the shallow and narrow confines of the Persian Gulf where Iran is the major missile power. A hundred US air planes will hardly be able to suppress Iranian SSM batteries that dot the northern Persian Gulf of which Iran has a 2,000 kms coastline full of caves, coves and missile silos. US carrier would be sunk in minutes if Iran was attacked.

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I don’t think so… It’s no more the 70’s Ilya… And an aircraft carrier isn’t sailing alone. Who says aircraft will suppress coastal batteries? They have 4 like this : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Ohio_(SSGN-726) And you don’t know if they’re here or not, any way, they don’t need to enter the Gulf… Let’s start with 616 Tomahawk? Also, do not forget USS Kearsarge with F-35B, al-Udeid in Qatar and a few other bases : “US carrier would be sunk in minutes if Iran was attacked” => That’s the bait! Moreover, US-Navy would like to retire a Nimitz-class CVN due to costs of Ford-class… Read more »

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BTW, technically speaking, in 1988, Iran was a near-peer : F-14 were recent, etc…
IRGC tried their speedboat swarm tactic.. And received clusterbombs sinking them all…
Never heard about ‘Operation Praying Mantis’ ???
Iran lost the half of its Navy…

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gzman501 .

Par for the course. US officials refused to elaborate. Yes, the short lie is enough of a reason. Indications Iran was going to attack. Yeah, sure. They wouldn’t really be sending a message to Russia would they? Pertaining to Venezuela, perhaps? No matter, Bolton’s delusionary tactics are just that. The only thing sending A Lincoln into the area will accomplish if TSHTF is killing Lincoln again. Huntsman thinks this sends a message to Russia? Yeah, the Russians are quivering. Not. Bolton is just parading around with a stick that he’s afraid to use.

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The headline is misleading. It could be, The US says…. etc

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Nur Muhd

more excuses through lies and deceits – trademark of lucifer’s gang, these zio total losers

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“It is narrated on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar (‘Abdullah b. ‘Umar) that the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) observed: Verily Islam started as something strange and it would again revert (to its old position) of being strange just as it started, and it would recede between the two mosques just as the serpent crawls back into its hole.”
– Sahih Muslim Book 1 Hadith 271

> The Lucifer’s gang will be total loser.