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Pentagon deploys aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf in case of Iraq op

Published time: June 14, 2014 17:21
Edited time: June 18, 2014 07:37
The aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) (Reuters/U.S. Navy/Lt. Juan David Guerra)

The aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) (Reuters/U.S. Navy/Lt. Juan David Guerra)

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered that the USS aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush be moved to the Persian Gulf in case Washington decides to use military force in Iraq following the rise of attacks by an Al-Qaeda offshoot movement.

"The order will provide the Commander-in-Chief additional flexibility should military options be required to protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq," the Pentagon said in a statement on Saturday.

The carrier USS George H.W. Bush will be accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea and the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun, the Petagon added. The Bush is a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, the largest warships in the world, according to the US Navy. The ships are powered by two nuclear reactors and can carry a crew of about 6,000 people.

Iraq has seen a surge of violence in recent weeks as radical Sunni militants of an Al-Qaeda offshoot, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL), have been advancing and capturing cities in the north of Iraq. The militants have already captured the cities of Mosul and Tikrit, and earlier declared that their top objective was the capture of the capital Baghdad.

On Friday, President Barack Obama said the US may begin providing military assistance to the Iraqi government to battle the insurgents within days.

Obama noted that he discussed the crisis in Iraq with his National Security Council earlier in the day, and will soon reveal what action, if any, the US will take.

On Thursday, Obama said that if US interests become threatened, a response will be warranted.

“The basic principal obviously is that we, like all nations, are prepared to take military action whenever our national security is threatened,” he said.

A senior US official said earlier in the week that Iraq has privately indicated to the Obama administration that it would welcome airstrikes with either drones or manned aircraft that target Al-Qaeda offshoot militants, The Wall Street Journal reported.

According to experts, the United States can take steps to decrease the violence and tensions in Iraq. However, they have to scale back Washington's aggressive support for Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's exclusive government.

"The United States has to change its tactics, as do other Western nations, in militarily supporting the Maliki government and deepening the war situation as opposed to trying to move all parties towards a process of national reconciliation," anti-war analyst Eugene Puryear of the ANSWER Coalition told RT.

Iraq saw one of its bloodiest days last Saturday, with a string of car bombings killing an estimated total of 60 people in Baghdad. A further 59 people were killed in the country’s north. Around 800 people were killed in sectarian violence in May alone.

Comments (54)

 

Loz Powell 23.06.2014 07:50

Katie Vaccaro
allso in wich univers do you expect pepol to pander to your feelings and emotions while you openly admit to having close family on a war-ship getting ready to drop some more bombs on inocent school-girls? you should be ashamed!

 

Loz Powell 23.06.2014 07:43

[quote name='Katie Vaccaro' time='18.06.2014 00:18']When people are writing their comments about the people aboard the ship, take a min and think about what you are about to write. Because the families of these people are reading these comments. I am one of them. My little brother is on that ship along with other peoples sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands and wife's.

your family chose to join a blood-thirsty mercenary army! run by meglomaniacs im sory for you! they made there choice to defend evil corperate u.s.a with there lives so wat-ever hapens they brought on themselves!

 

SoiCowboy 23.06.2014 02:04

Katie Vaccaro 18.06.2014 00:18

When people are writing their comments about the people aboard the ship, take a min and think about what you are about to write. Because the families of these people are reading these comments. I am one of them. My little brother is on that ship along with other peoples sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands and wife's. The next time someone wants to say something bad about the PEOPLE, because yes they are people too, aboard that ship take a minute and rethink what you're going to say.

  


I agree, Katie.

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