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By Tom Vanden Brook & Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON, May 07, 2019 – The Pentagon is rushing additional military muscle, including B-52 bombers, to the Middle East to counter Iranian threats to U.S. troops on the ground and at sea, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

The announcement follows two days of increasing alarm over threats from Iran. National Security Advisor John Bolton said Sunday that the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier and bombers were being sent to the region. Meanwhile, senators from both parties urged the White House to move cautiously.

By Monday, Pentagon spokesman Charles Summers was pointing “to indications of heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations against U.S forces and our interests.”