US sending 2nd carrier strike group, fighter jets to region as Israel prepares to expand Gaza operations


ashington/Seoul (CNN) — The Pentagon has ordered a second carrier strike group to the eastern Mediterranean Sea, according to two US officials, and is sending Air Force fighter jets to the region as Israel prepares to expand its Gaza operations.


he US warships are not intended to join the fighting in Gaza or take part in Israel’s operations, but the presence of two of the Navy’s most powerful vessels is designed to send a message of deterrence to Iran and Iranian proxies in the region, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon.


he first carrier strike group, led by the USS Gerald R. Ford, arrived off the

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