Carrier deployment likely long-planned but that doesn’t diminish Iran tensions, analysts say

Carrier deployment likely long-planned but that doesn’t diminish Iran tensions, analysts say

Bolton could be responding to another recent escalation — Iran’s recent designation of all U.S. military personnel stationed in the Middle East as terrorists — said Mahmoud Abdulghaffar, a research analyst for Derasat, Bahrain’s Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies. Tehran was itself responding to the United States designation last month of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, as a foreign terrorist group.

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