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U.S. deploys carriers to boost Middle East firepower

October 16, 2023 - The Pentagon has deployed two aircraft carriers to the eastern Mediterranean as part of efforts to prevent the widening of the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Gerald R. Ford carrier, along with supporting ships, arrived in the eastern Mediterranean early last week.

It is set to be joined by the Dwight Eisenhower carrier strike group in the next 10 days.

While the White House says there are “no plans or intentions” for their use, it means U.S. military assets would be in place to provide air support to protect U.S. national security interests if needed. The U.S. also has an array of bases in the Middle East with troops, fighter aircraft and warships, Reuters said.

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PUBLISHED: 16/10/2023; STORY: Graphic News
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