The United States is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East to respond to what it called “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran, national security adviser John Bolton announced.
Bolton said in a statement that the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force are being deployed to a region overseen by the Pentagon’s U.S. Central Command.
“In response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings, the United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force,” Bolton said.
“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces,” he added.
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The language used in Bolton’s statement suggests the Trump administration is seeking to throttle up pressure on Iran to counter what the White House perceives to be a potential threat.