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US warship with 550 Marines enters Persian Gulf

Published time: June 16, 2014 11:47
Edited time: June 17, 2014 09:58
The U.S.S Mesa Verde (Reuters / Alberto Lowe)

The U.S.S Mesa Verde (Reuters / Alberto Lowe)

The USS Mesa Verde with 550 Marines onboard has entered the Persian Gulf on Monday for a possible operation in Iraq. It comes after President Obama ruled out sending ground troops to the militant-assaulted country.

The USS Mesa Verde is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, a ship designed to carry an expeditionary force across the sea and deploy landing craft and helicopters.

The ship’s presence in the region “provides the commander-in-chief additional options to protect American citizens and interests in Iraq, should he choose to use them.” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.

“USS Mesa Verde is capable of conducting a variety of quick reaction and crisis response operations. The ship carries a complement of MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.” He said.

Washington already dispatched the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush to the Gulf on Saturday.

A handout picture released by the US Navy shows aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) sailing in the Arabian Sea on June 13, 2014. (AFP Photo)

President Barack Obama said he considered military action to help the Iraqi government deal with the threat of militant offensive which has already claimed large parts of the country in a surprise lightning operation.

But the president said he didn’t intend to send ground troops to Iraq again, two years after pulling out American troops from the country.

Comments (71)


David Kendrick 18.06.2014 16:43

Ron Best 16.06.2014 16:54

Once again RT only points out US naval movement when it effects other countries, but then we hear nothing about Russian naval activity unless its military drills. RT I would like to know what Russia's navy is doing world wide or would that not benefit your blatant propaganda?


Russia has 149 blue water vessels of which 53 are Submarines, mostly pre 1991 and obsolete. Most ships are also pre 1991 and rust buckets, the majority of the navy is landlocked and iced in for most of the year and an expensive luxury in a re-developing country


Emmett 18.06.2014 10:20

Armando Rivera-Carretero 16.06.2014 16:19

Definitely the US is addicted to war. It is present in every conflict in the world, and where there are no conflicts it creates them. That's the National Security State for you. The US plutocracy has made the military-industrial complex the real rulers of the US. All to their economic benefit and the poor US taxpayer pays for their super profits. The poor subsidizing the Super-rich. A nanny state for the wealthy. No wonder the US is so militarized.


Exactly. Rothschilds' bank cabal and military industrial complex rule US at expense of poor.


Emmett 18.06.2014 10:12

J R Wolf 17.06.2014 10:43

I think when Obama was running for President he meant well and meant what he said, then when he was elected the "real" rulers of America brought him into a room, showed him hidden video footage of the JFK assassination and said "any questions?" to which Obama said "what time would you like your breakfast Sir?"


I agree. Obama is a patsy who follows the orders of real rulers of US. Rothschild for sure is one such US ruler.
Obama should have resigned when he found out he was a sock puppet instead he seems to have adapted quite well as he plays golf.

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