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B-52s Fly Over Mideast in US Warning   03/07 08:57

   A pair of B-52 bombers flew over the Mideast on Sunday, the latest such 
mission in the region aimed at warning Iran amid tensions between Washington 
and Tehran.

   DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A pair of B-52 bombers flew over the 
Mideast on Sunday, the latest such mission in the region aimed at warning Iran 
amid tensions between Washington and Tehran.

   The U.S. military's Central Command said the two B-52s flew over the region 
accompanied by military aircraft from nations including Israel, Saudi Arabia 
and Qatar. It marked the fourth-such bomber deployment into the Mideast this 
year and the second under President Joe Biden.

   Flight-tracking data showed the two B-52s flew out of Minot Air Base in 
North Dakota, something Central Command did not mention in its statement on the 
flights though authorities later published images of the flight crew preparing 
its departure there.

   The military did not directly mention Iran in its statement, saying the 
flight was to "deter aggression and reassure partners and allies of the U.S. 
military's commitment to security in the region."

   However, such flights had become common in the last months of former 
President Donald Trump's administration. Trump's 2018 decision to unilaterally 
withdraw from Iran's nuclear deal with world powers sparked a series of 
escalating incidents in the region.

   Biden has expressed a desire to return to the deal if Iran honors the deal's 
limits on its nuclear program. However, tensions remain high after militias in 
Iraq --- likely backed by Iran --- continue to target American interests.

   Biden last month launched an airstrike just over the border into Syria in 
retaliation, joining every American president from Ronald Reagan onward who has 
ordered a bombardment of countries in the Middle East.




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