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US Military Sends F-22 Show of Strength to Qatar Amid Iranian Tension

July 2, 2019

US sends more stealth fighters to Persian Gulf, as Iran tension simmers

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The US Air Force’s Central Command confirmed the deployment of the jets to Qatar’s al-Udeid air base on Friday, posting photos of some of the planes arriving in the desert base this week.

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   USAFCENT  F-22s to for the first time in order to defend American forces and interests in the @CENTCOM area of responsibility. http://bit.ly/31X7au7  @DeptofDefense @usairforce @grandslamwing

Despite the sharp uptick in belligerent rhetoric, the F-22s were requested by Central Command – the US military command that oversees the Middle East – in May, AP reported. As US officials warned of an unspecified but “credible threat” from Iran, the Trump administration deployed an aircraft carrier and bombers to the region in May, following these up with an additional 1,000 ground troops earlier this month.

The US, meanwhile, promised to escalate its hardline economic policy against the Islamic Republic, threatening to sanction any country found to be importing Iranian oil.