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