The US Air Force has just landed B-52H Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., touching down at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, as the build-up of US forces to face the Iranian threat intensifies. As The Unshackled has been covering, the United States/Iranian relations have been deteriorating over the last few weeks, to the point where the war option has started to look like its back on the table over oil, missile and sanction spats.
The strategic bombers arrived at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Thursday night, the Air Force said. They were provided by the 20th Bomb Squadron of Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Other B-52s were moved to an unspecified location in “southwest Asia,” the statement said.
“The 18-nation air coalition consists of numerous precision strike aircraft, and the B-52Hs bring unique capabilities to the theater. This aircraft is part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in order to defend American forces and interests in the region.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) spokesman, Keivan Khosravi, has laughed off the deployment as “psychological warfare”.