US positions carrier, bombers to back Afghanistan pullout
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Washington (AFP) – The Pentagon has deployed B-52 bombers to the Middle East and has prolonged the presence of an aircraft carrier in the region to support the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, spokesman John Kirby said Friday. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin decided to keep the USS Eisenhower in the US Central Command region for an extended period, in the wake of President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all US forces from Afghanistan by September. “And he has approved the addition of some long range bombers to be deployed to the region. Two of those B-52s have arrived in the regio…

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