Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The US is sending a Patriot missile-defense system to the Middle East as tensions rise in its relations with Iran.
The USS Arlington warship, containing amphibious vehicles and aircraft, along with the USS Abraham Lincoln strike group is being shipped to the Gulf along with B-52 bombers that are already at a base in Qatar, according to the Pentagon.
Senior Iranian cleric, Yousef Tabatabai-Nejad, stepped up the rhetoric when he recently said the US military fleet could be “destroyed with one missile”.
Tehran officials are also calling the US moves tantamount to “psychological warfare”.
US officials, however, counter they are responding in kind to what they see as Iran’s threats and concern the nation may resume uranium enrichment nuclear activities as well.
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