Footprint of Freedom

| January 7, 2020

This undated file photo shows Diego Garcia, the largest island in the Chagos archipelago and site of a major United States military base in the middle of the Indian Ocean leased from Britain in 1966.

US deploys 6 B-52 bombers to Diego Garcia in Indian Ocean after Soleimani strike

By Vandana Rambaran


The U.S. Air Force is deploying six B-52 bombers to Diego Garcia, an island base in the Indian Ocean, amid the rising threat from Iran after the U.S.-led airstrike killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Fox News confirmed Monday.

The move, which CNN first reported, was the latest in efforts by U.S. military officials to bolster resources near the Middle East after the Iraqi Shia militia Kataib Hezbollah hinted at possible retaliatory attacks to avenge Soleimani’s death.

The B-52 bombers reportedly were spotted departing from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana to Diego Garcia, which is located 2,300 miles south of Iran’s southernmost tip.

On Monday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attempted to quell confusion about a letter circulating from the U.S. military telling Iraq that it would withdraw troops from the region a day after Iraqi lawmakers approved a resolution calling to expel U.S. troops from the country.

Both Esper and Milley called the unsigned letter a mistake and said the U.S. had no intention of withdrawing troops from the Middle East as tensions ramped up.

Instead, Milley told reporters the U.S. military was bringing in reinforcements from Kuwait and beefing up helicopter force protection inside Iraq, particularly in the heavily fortified Green Zone, which has been bombarded with rocket attacks over the past three days.

Nothing says you care like sending a half dozen aluminum clouds.

Read the rest of the story here: Fox News

Category: Air Force, Iran, Iraq

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  1. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    THE WORST number to call during a Bingo game in the Middle East?


  2. 5th/77th FA says:

    BUFF…The best aerial artillery platform…EVAH!

    B-52…bringing the dam dam since 1955.

    Hank Johnson called Diego. Told them to make sure the aircraft were dispersed equally so that the island doesn’t tip over.

    Still remember as a young’un watching the FIRST SAC B-52s coming out of Robins when the entire Wing would scramble. A true Thundering Herd. We were less than 8 air miles from the end of the runway and the pivot point for the polar routes v Atlantic routes was 2 air miles away. I started getting freedom boners at an early age.

  3. SFC D says:

    Somewhere up above, my pa is happily smiling. I believe that my dad’s love for the B-52 was second only to his kids. And maybe mom. That one’s still under debate.

  4. Slow Joe says:

    But the B-52s are too old!

  5. Mason says:

    Aluminum clouds. Nice