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US B-52 Bomber Flies Over Middle East Amid Iran Tensions

The B-52 flew alongside Saudi F-15s during the flight which was meant to "showcase the US commitment to regional security".

The US military says it has again flown a B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft over the Middle East "to deter potential aggression" amid tensions with Iran.

It was the first such flight under new US President Joe Biden.

The aircraft took off from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and flew nonstop into the region.

Flight-tracking data showed the plane flew over both the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia.

The US military's Central Command later published images of the bomber flying alongside Royal Saudi Air Force F-15s.

While not mentioning Iran in its statement, Central Command said the flight was meant to "showcase the US commitment to regional security".

The flights, the third such operation this year, had become common in the last months of former president Donald Trump’s administration. 

Mr Trump’s decision in 2018 to unilaterally withdraw from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers sparked a series of escalating incidents in the region.

Mr Biden has expressed a desire to return to the deal if Iran honours the deal’s limits on its nuclear programme.

Cover image: The US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft flies with Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force F-15SA fighter jets (Picture: US Air Force).