US Deploys Carrier Strike Group, Bombers To Middle East

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FILE PHOTO: Philippine Sea (June 18, 2006) - Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike groups, break away while the Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike group continues to sail ahead following the photo portion of Exercise Valiant Shield 2006. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Todd P. Cichonowicz)

WASHINGTON — The United States military has been ordered to deploy a Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the Central Command region in the Middle East to send a “clear and unmistakable message” to Iran.

The following is a statement issued Sunday from White House National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton:

“In response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings, the United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.”

“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces.”

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