The Pentagon reverses the decision to remove USS Nimitz from the Persian Gulf following ‘recent Iranian leadership attacks’
A plan to carry an aircraft carrier home from the Persian Gulf has been reversed by the United States. The Pentagon said that because of “recent threats” from Iran, the USS Nimitz will stay in place. Since late November, the Nimitz has patrolled the waters of the Gulf.
In a statement released on Dec. 31, Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller directed the ship to “head straight home to conclude a nearly 10-month deployment.” Iran Flew Surveillance Drone Over U.S. Aircraft Carrier in Persian GulfContinueReadingThe New York Times, citing U.S. officials, said the move was part of a “de-escalating” signal to Tehran to avoid war in President Donald Trump’s f f conflict. “Due to recent threats by Iranian leaders against President Trump and other U.S. government officials, I have ordered the USS Nimitz to halt its routine deployment,” he said. “The USS Nimitz will now remain stationed in the U.S. Central Theater of Operations. No one should doubt the resolve of the United States of America. “Miller did not elaborate on the risks involved. His comment came a year after Iranian commander Qassem Suleimani and Iraqi lieutenant Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were killed in a U.S. drone attack in Baghdad. On Sunday, thousands of Iraqi demonstrators were shouting “revenge” and “no to America” The anniversary of the drone attack in Baghdad was also marked across Iran and by supporters in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. A year after the killing of Suleimani, Iran vows to retaliate against any “hostile action,” a year after Trump unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from a landmark nuclear deal with Iran and world powers in 2018 and initiated a “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran by reimposing and unilaterally withdrawing the U.S. from a landmark nuclear deal with Iran and world powers in 2018. Since June 2019, the two countries have come to the verge of war twice, most acutely after the assassination of Soleimani. Days after the killing of Soleimani, Iran fired a salvo of missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. and other coalition forces. Further military response was refrained from by the United States.