The U.S. military deployed B-52 bombers to the Middle East on Saturday, just days after the Trump administration announced it would be withdrawing troops from the area.
U.S. Central Command said the planes were deployed as part of a short-notice mission to "deter aggression and reassure U.S. partners and allies."
"The ability to quickly move forces into, out of and around the theater to seize, retain and exploit the initiative is key to deterring potential aggression," said Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, 9th Air Force commander, in a statement. "These missions help bomber aircrews gain familiarity with the region's airspace and command, and control functions and allow them to integrate with the theater's U.S. and partner air assets, increasing the combined force's overall readiness."
It is currently unclear where the bombers went in the Middle East. They were deployed from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.
🔦 The Trump administration announced last week that it would be withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and Iran, leaving just 2,500 troops in the countries.