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US again sends B-52 bombers to deter Iran as tensions peak

The deployment is the third flight of nuclear-capable Stratofortresses to the region in less than two months

Two American B-52 bombers flew over the Middle East on Wednesday in the latest show of force against Iran as tensions rise ahead of Sunday's anniversary of the US assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

The bombers deployed from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and were escorted by US F-16s, according to US Central Command. Wednesday marked Washington’s third deployment of nuclear-capable B-52s to the region on short notice in the last 45 days.

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