The United States has first deployed F-22 stealth aircraft in Qatar, the Pentagon announced on Friday, further increasing the US military presence in the Gulf. full tension with Iran.
The F-22 Raptors have been deployed “to defend American forces and interests,” the US General Command announced in a statement. , which did not specify the number of devices sent.
A photo also released by the Pentagon showed five F-22s flying over Al Oudeid’s US base in Qatar.
Tehran and Washington have been engaged in a verbal escalation since US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the 2015 nuclear deal and the US. reinstate sanctions against Iran.
In return, Tehran had made known on May 8 his intention to gradually break out of his commitments if Europeans, Russians and Chinese did not help him bypass the US measures.
A new spike of tension was reached when Iran shot down an American drone on June 20, after a series of attacks of unknown origin against tankers assigned by Washington to Temran, who has demolished.
In May, the United States, talking about a possible Iranian plan of attack on US forces in the region, had deployed an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, as well as B-52 Stratofortress bombers, capable of carrying nuclear missiles.