A U.S. Air Force bomber escorted by fighter jets from allies including Israel has flown over key waterways in the Middle East where American and Iranian naval vessels have faced off.
The B-1B Lancer passed over the Gulf, Bab al-Mandeb Strait, Suez Canal and Gulf of Oman, the U.S. Central Command, or Centcom, said in a statement Saturday.
It also flew over the Strait of Hormuz, a chokepoint for a fifth of world oil output at the head of the Gulf that Iran considers a strategic area of influence.
“The bomber task force mission… was intended to deliver a clear message of reassurance,” Centcom said.
Fighter jets from Israel, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, all US allies opposed to the Islamic Republic of Iran, escorted the U.S. bomber over their respective airspaces.
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SOURCE: Japan Today