The Trump administration is sending an aircraft carrier group to the Middle East after reportedly receiving intelligence from Israel saying that Iran was allegedly planning an attack on U.S. interests in the region.
The exact nature of Iran's alleged plot isn't clear, but the White House is making it known it won't back down from threats.
The Trump administration made the announcement just days before the first anniversary on Wednesday of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw America from the Iran nuclear deal. The move also comes shortly after the U.S. labeled Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist entity, infuriating the hard-line Islamic regime.
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said Sunday that the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier group was being deployed to the Middle East ahead of schedule. One U.S. official told The Associated Press that Iran could be targeting American troops at land and sea.
While visiting Finland, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran has "threatened many things over the last two years."
"We have continued to see activity that leads us to believe that there's escalation that may be taking place," Pompeo said. "And so we're taking all the appropriate actions, both from a security perspective, as well as our ability to make sure that the president has a wide range of options in the event that something should actually take place."
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