American B-52H Stratofortress bombers have arrived in Qatar, a measure of security against threats issued by Iran.
The bombers -which are based out of Barksdale, Louisiana- belong to the 20th Bomb Squadron, which has a rich history dating back to World War I.
The squadron has been flying B-52s since the Vietnam War, and is no stranger to participation in military conflicts.
The launching of the bombers -as well as the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln strike fleet- is part of a greater response to unspecified threats against US forces in the region by Iran.
In addition to the threats against US forces, Iran has announced that it would be backing out of the nuclear deal, and threatened to enrich uranium at levels closer to weapons-grade if Europe did not find a way to shield the Persian nation from US sanctions.
According to the LA Times, the first flight of aircraft arrived in the region on Wednesday night and landed at undisclosed US-partner bases in the region, while the most recent flight of B-52s landed Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Thursday night.
The Abraham Lincoln has since passed through the Suez Canal on its way to the Persian Gulf.
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