Pentagon orders aircraft carrier to Gulf in case Iraq military option needed – Reuters
(Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Gulf on Saturday, readying it in case Washington decides to pursue a military option after insurgents overwhelmed a string of Iraqi cities this week and threatened Baghdad.
“The order will provide the Commander-in-Chief additional flexibility should military options be required to protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
The carrier USS George H.W. Bush, moving from the North Arabian Sea, will be accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea and the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun, the statement said. It added the ships were expected to complete their transit into the Gulf later on Saturday. (READ THE WHOLE STORY!!!!)
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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (sometimes translated “Syria” instead of … abbreviated as ISIL or ISIS, is an active militant group in Iraq and Syria.)