[The United States continues its military buildup against Iran as tensions grow in the region with the recent attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman followed by the downing of a US drone which penetrated Iranian airspace despite multiple radio warnings. The US relentlessly peddles an absurd false narrative about Iranian complicity in the oil tanker attacks despite a lack of evidence while denying that it violated Iran’s airspace with an MQ-4 Triton surveillance drone. The US has long been planning aggressive action against Iran and issuing threats, but lately the situation has deteriorated to the brink of war due to the reckless actions of the US government and military. US imperialism has created numerous flashpoints around the world, from North Africa and the Middle East to Venezuela and Ukraine, kicking off a new Cold War with Russia and China and leading humanity closer to another world war. It is imperative that people everywhere organize to resist US imperialism by forming a broad united front and upholding the principles of anti-imperialism and international solidarity with those under attack. The global capitalist system can only lead to more misery and destruction for humanity – only socialism can offer a better future. Building a strong united front is a necessary step towards achieving socialism. —Medved]
US Deploys F-22 Raptor Jets to Qatar Amid Increased Tensions With Iran
By Leith Aboufadel
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The U.S. Air Force has deployed its F-22 Raptor fighter jets to their airbase in Qatar amid their ongoing row with Iran.
According to a brief statement released by the U.S. Central Command, the F-22 Raptor jets were deployed to their airbase in Qatar on June 27th.
The statement said that “F-22s deployed to Qatar for the first time in order to defend American forces and interests in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.”
For its part, the Associated Press reported that this group includes about 10 fighter jets, and sent to Qatar as part of the process of strengthening the U.S. forces requested by the Central Command last May in response to what it described as Iran’s increasing threats against the United States in the Gulf region.
The aircraft, which carry surface-to-air missiles and are capable of ground attacks. They were deployed to the UAE’s airbase and previously used to support operations by the United States and its allies in Syria.
Since early May 2019, the United States has sent a number of warships under the command of the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier group and several B-52 bombers to the Gulf region, as well as new Patriot air defense systems and an additional 2,500 military personnel.
Original source: https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/us-deploys-f-22-raptor-jets-to-qatar-amid-increased-tensions-with-iran/ (Al Masdar News)