The US carrier strike group on route to the Persian Gulf region has passed through the Suez Canal in Egypt and entered the Red Sea, Sky News Arabia has reported, citing Canal administration.

Earlier, the strike group reportedly skipped plans for a port visit to Croatia amid efforts to “expedite” its arrival in the Middle East.

Tehran dismissed the plans to deploy the carrier group in the CENTCOM region, a Pentagon designation whose area of responsibility includes the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, as a failed attempt to wage “a psychological war” against Iran.

Along with the USS Abraham Lincoln-led strike group, the US military is deploying B-52 strategic bombers to the region. Earlier, the carrier group was deployed in the Mediterranean for joint training with the USS John C. Stennis strike group, with US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman callingthe deployment a ‘100,000 tonne message’ to Russia.

This week, Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton said the US would deploy the USS Abraham Lincoln-led strike group to the Middle East to send a “clear message” to Iran that any attack on US interests would be met with “unrelenting force.” Later, acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan called the deployment a “prudent repositioning of assets in response to indications of a credible threat by Iranian regime forces.”

Also this week, anonymous US officials told CNN that Iran was moving short-range ballistic missiles by sea to the Persian Gulf ahead of the US carrier group’s arrival. Iranian officials have not commented on the

Long-running tensions between Iran and the US escalated last month, after Washington officially designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps military unit a ‘terrorist group’. Tehran responded in kind, declaring CENTCOM, and then the US military as a whole, ‘terrorist’.

In May 2018, after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, Washington hit Tehran with a series of tough banking and energy sanctions, and threatened to slap importers of Iranian crude oil with secondary sanctions in a bid to bring Iranian oil exports down “to zero.” Last week, US sanctions waivers to several major importers of Iranian oil expired. On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that Iran would be partially discontinuing its obligations under the accord.

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Tehran has repeatedly warned that any attempt to prevent it from exporting its energy abroad could be met with the closure of the Hormuz Strait, the strategic waterway through which approximately 20 percent of the world’s oil trade passes.

 

Source: Sputnik

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So what is US interests? Al Tanaf isis safe haven and eastern Syria?
Blackwater mercs training moderats? Just saudi lapdogs keeping gas prices
high so SA can buy more MRAPs after houthis destroyed car lot of them.

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Actually, maybe should you verify your knowledge base : – The US backed group in al-Tanf liquidated ISIS from the region. Blackwater aka Xe aka ACADEMI has been dismantled in 2010. 15 minutes ago, the barrel of WTI Crude was at $62.32, the URALS at $68.18 and the BRENT Crude at $71.05. The BRENT around $70 is considered as optimal by economists. We’re nowhere near from the July 2008 $147.27 – The most common Saudi MRAP is the Al-Masmak and is domestically built, they have more than 5,300. – Saudis received an “undisclosed number” of Oshkosh M-ATV. Quoted estimations are… Read more »

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What Israel wants Israel gets.. so shut the f**k up , pay your taxes , be happy your a big part of democracy. You Don’t want to see those oil companies going broke ,

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so let not the worldly life delude you and be not deceived about Allah by the Deceiver. (5) Indeed, Satan is an enemy to you; so take him as an enemy. He only invites his party to be among the companions of the Blaze. (6) Those who disbelieve will have a severe punishment, (35:5-7}

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“so let not the worldly life delude you and be not deceived about Allah by the Deceiver.” Koran 3:54 So, since the Koran says about Allah being the greatest of all deceivers, so… be not deceived 😉 al-Lah (Allah) is Hubal, the Moon-God, and is more than enough shown as is in Islamic symbolism : aka Ba’al aka Baalzebub, heir apparent to the throne of Satan, general in chief to the armies of hëll. The picture of the minaret is cool since it shows well from where the crescent and the star come from… except it’s not a star but… Read more »

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Oooop, I’ve put an incomplete template (mukti-language translation purpose) for the shield…
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