Flight over Gulf by two Air Force B-52 bombers was in response to signals that Iran may be planning attacks against US allied targets in neighboring Iraq or elsewhere in region

ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
US bomber mission over Persian Gulf aims to send message to Iran
by AP and ILH staff
December 30, 2020

The United States flew strategic bombers over the Persian Gulf on Wednesday for the second time this month, a show of force meant to deter Iran from attacking American or allied targets in the Middle East…The B-52 bomber mission, flown round trip from an Air Force base in North Dakota, reflects growing concern in Washington, in the final weeks of US President Donald Trump’s administration, that Iran will order further military retaliation for the US killing last Jan. 3 of top Iranian military commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani. READ MORE

THE ARAB WEEKLY US-Israel submarine moves raise concerns in Iran Israeli and US submarine moves in the Arabian Gulf have raised concerns in Iran over the intentions behind such manoeuvres and the messages that Washington and Tel Aviv are trying to convey through their presence in the strategic but highly sensitive area. Israeli media reported late Monday that an Israeli submarine has embarked for the Arabian Gulf, possibly in preparation for potential Iranian retaliation over the November assassination of senior Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

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