Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has directed the Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier strike group to head to the U.S. Central Command’s Middle Eastern waters in response to recent escalations by Iran and its associated forces. This action is the first carrier operation in CENTCOM since the end of the Afghanistan war. This move comes after the Navy destroyer Carney intercepted missiles and drones from Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen believed to be heading towards Israel. The ongoing conflict has raised concerns about a potential broader regional war.
- The Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier strike group is being sent to CENTCOM’s Middle Eastern waters due to escalations by Iran and its proxy forces.
- The Navy destroyer Carney recently intercepted missiles and drones from Houthi rebels in Yemen, marking potential first U.S. military defense actions for Israel in the current conflict.
- The current conflict started with a Palestinian militant group Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7, which resulted in significant casualties.
- Alongside the Eisenhower strike group, missile defense systems like the THAAD and Patriot missile battalions are being deployed to the region.
- U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria experienced drone attacks recently, causing minor injuries and the death of a contractor.