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US aircraft carrier dispatched to Middle East over Iran keeps off Persian Gulf.

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, which the United States rapidly dispatched to the Middle East last week amid tensions with Iran has stayed outside of the strategic Persian Gulf waters, with its Commander saying that the US Navy is seeking to avoid escalations.
The Lincoln was some 320 kilometers (200 miles) off the eastern coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea on June fourth. It would still need to pass through the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz before reaching the Persian Gulf close to Iran.
“You don’t want to inadvertently escalate something,” Capt. Putnam Browne, the commanding officer of the Lincoln, was quoted by a US news agency
When asked about why the Lincoln had not entered the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, Rear Adm. John Wade, the commander of the carrier strike group, suggested that his forces could “conduct mission wherever and whenever needed.”
He declined to discuss any specifics about that mission, though he claimed Iran had presented “credible threats” to the region.
Tensions have been running high between Tehran and Washington since late April, when Washington moved to cut Iran’s oil exports to “zero” and began to build up its military presence in the Middle East.
The US said that it was sending military reinforcements, including the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group, a squadron of B-52 bombers, and a battery of patriot missiles, to the Middle East, citing alleged unspecified “threats” from Iran, last month. That announcement prompted global concerns that the US may be planning to wage a war on Iran.
Tehran has downplayed Washington’s belligerent rhetoric and moves, saying all American ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz have so far remained answerable to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as the force in charge of security in the strategic waterway.
Iran has insisted that it will not initiate any conflict, but will firmly defend the country against any act of aggression. Meanwhile the US Congress is deeply divided on the issue of opening a war front against Iran. Many of them have opposed President Trump’s knee jerk reaction including imposing of sanctions against Iran.

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