Officials: U.S. Likely to Send Four Bombers to Middle East

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A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber arrives at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. (Reuters/U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Terrica Y. Jones, File)

The bomber task force the United States said it was sending to the Middle East will likely include four bombers along with personnel to fly and maintain the aircraft, U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they would likely be B-52 aircraft and had not yet departed for the Middle East.

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Sunday that the Trump administration was deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in response to troubling “indications and warnings” from Iran and to show the United States will retaliate with “unrelenting force” to any attack.