U.S. deploys B-52s to Middle East on ‘short notice deterrence’ mission

U.S. deploys B-52s to Middle East on ‘short notice deterrence’ mission
File. A B-52 Stratofortress bomber arrives at Al Udeid Airbase in Qatar in 2016. (Image: USAF, Staff Sgt Corey Hook)

[Ed. – Not a particularly big deal, though as always it’s got people with their panties in a wad trying to read tea leaves that don’t say anything.  This is reportedly a detachment of four BUFs.  We sent six to the theater for a similar deployment back in January 2020.]

The U.S. military deployed B-52 bombers to the Middle East Saturday, just days after the Trump administration announced a partial withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.

U.S. Central Command said the U.S. Air Force B-52H “Stratofortress” aircrews conducted the mission on “short notice” to “deter aggression and reassure U.S. partners and allies.”

“The ability to quickly move forces into, out of and around the theater to seize, retain and exploit the initiative is key to deterring potential aggression,” said Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, 9th Air Force commander.

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