An American bomber flew over the Middle East as a warning signal to the Iranian government.


An American bomber flew over the Middle East as a warning signal to the Iranian government.

The ship was escorted by fighter jets from Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain, nations at odds with Tehran. The US mission sought to "convey a clear security message" to its regional allies.

With the help of fighter jets from allied countries such as Israel, a US Air Force bomber has flown over major sea lanes in the Middle East, where attacks on ships have been recorded.

A B-1B Lancer flew over the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Bab al-Mandeb, the Suez Canal and the Gulf of Oman, the United States Central Command (Centcom) said in a statement on Saturday.

The plane also flew over the Strait of Hormuz. A fifth of the world's oil production passes at the head of the Gulf, which Iran considers a strategic zone of influence. In recent years, that step has been the scene of attacks on navigation attributed to Iran. In contrast, the Red Sea has suffered similar attacks in an escalation of tension between Tehran and Israel. The Islamic Republic has denied involvement in the attacks. However, it has vowed to exact revenge on Israel for a series of attacks targeting its nuclear program.

The US mission "intended to convey a clear security message" to regional allies, Centcom said.

The ship was escorted by Israeli, Saudi Arabian, and Bahrain fighter jets over their respective airspaces, all of their allies of the United States and facing the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of the U.S. Senate Command in the Middle East, said military readiness for any emergency or mission - from crisis response to multilateral exercises or patrols on a day like this - is reliable. Depends on the partnership.

Egyptian fighters were also with the B-1B, a supersonic bomber that carried more cargo than US military aircraft.

In January, a US B-52 bomber flew over the Middle East, which can carry nuclear weapons.

Since February, Iran and Israel have been accused of starring in what analysts have called a "shadow war." Ships linked to both countries have been attacked in the waters of the Persian Gulf.

The regional patrol, Centcom's fifth such operation so far this year, comes when talks to reactivate the 2015 agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program have stalled.

US President Joe Biden has repeatedly offered to return to the nuclear deal. Still, his administration has reiterated its concern about Tehran's attitude following the inauguration of a hard-line government.

Former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the deal in 2018 and imposed sweeping sanctions on Iran. Tehran breached agreements on its nuclear program in retaliation.