American B-1B Bomber Flies Over Mideast Amid Iran Tensions

Israel, Saudi warplanes escorted bomber

One of the American B-1B bombers recently deployed to Diego Garcia has circumnavigated the Arabian Peninsula, in something that the US is calling a “presence patrol.”

Mostly this was about a show of sending a bomber toward Iran. Allies participated, as Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia all sent warplanes to participate in the operation, escorting the bomber at different points.

The flight started at Diego Garcia, went to Yemen and up the Red Sea, cut across Israel and Jordan, and then back around the Persian Gulf and down to Diego Garcia again.

Diego Garcia is a remote island in the Indian Ocean. The British expelled the inhabitants to make room for the US to use it as a base. The US has continued to expand the base in recent years, mostly targeting Iran.

Author: Jason Ditz

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