The United State has deployed its F-22 stealth fighters to Qatar, and this is happening for the first time in history. The US military said Friday that it will buildup US forces in the Gulf following tensions with Iran.
The Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighters have been deployed already, though the authority did not mention how many were deployed. This was done “to defend American forces and interests,”
A photograph revealed five of the F-22 stealth fighters flying above the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.
Iran and US have been in a escalating battle since Trump unilaterally withdrew from a multi-party 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sanctions on them.
The latest tensions started last week when Iran shot down a US drone over sensitive Gulf waters following a series of tanker attacks that Trump blamed on Iran. And the Islamic Republic denied having anything to do with it.
Since then, both Tehran and Washington have been in a verbal war, which went out of proportion this week after US president Donald Trump announced new sanctions against Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Iran has said it will abandon some of its commitments under the nuclear deal unless the other remaining partners, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia help it circumvent US sanctions and especially sell its oil.
In May, the US Air Force deployed many nuclear-capable B-52 Stratofortress bombers to the Gulf in reaction to what the Defense Department captioned ”a possible plan by Iran to attack American forces in the region, as well as an aircraft carrier task force.”