Pentagon Orders Aircraft Carrier to Turn Around After Threats From Iran

Pentagon Orders Aircraft Carrier to Turn Around After Threats From Iran

( – Iran has become increasingly more hostile over the last several months. The adversarial government has repeatedly threatened to retaliate for the assassination of its top nuclear scientist. Most recently, there have been threats of violence as the one-year anniversary of the US strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani. The elevated threat level led to a recent decision by the Pentagon to reverse its previous plans.

On January 3, Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced the aircraft carrier Nimitz and its strike team will remain in the Middle East, despite a previous order for its withdrawal. Miller explained the move comes after “recent threats issued by Iranian leaders” against US government officials and President Donald Trump.

The decision came after the head of Iran’s judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, was reportedly recorded saying life for America will be “very difficult for now on” as they exact revenge for “the blood of the martyr Soleimani.” On December 23, President Trump said the US embassy in Baghdad was hit by rockets from Iran. The commander-in-chief has said Iran will be held responsible if any Americans are hurt or killed.

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