The West Horns fly with a US ‘bunker buster’ bomber to warn Iran over its nuclear programme

A Royal Bahraini Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon, lower, flies with a US B-1B Lancer bomber over the Persian Gulf

Israeli and Gulf fighter jets fly with a US ‘bunker buster’ bomber to warn Iran over its nuclear programme

Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 Strike Eagles break away from a US B-1B Lancer strategic bomber over the Red Sea on Saturday
Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 Strike Eagles break away from a US B-1B Lancer strategic bomber over the Red Sea on SaturdaySENIOR AIRMAN JERREHT HARRIS/US AIR FORCE/AP

The US has flown an advanced fighter-bomber jet across the Middle East alongside Israeli and Gulf state warplanes as a warning to Iran over its nuclear programme.

A B-1B Lancer, which can be adapted to deliver the “bunker buster” bombs necessary to strike Iranian nuclear facilities, was escorted by Israeli F-15s at the end of military exercises in which the British RAF and other Nato allies also took part.

It then flew over other Middle East flashpoints — the Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Gulf, and the Bab al-Mandab, at the foot of the Red Sea, which is being fought over by Iran-backed Houthi rebels and the internationally recognised Yemen government.

The Lancer was accompanied by Israeli, Egyptian, Saudi and Bahraini jets

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