On Friday, CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr reported on Twitter that USS Nimitz was being moved back into the Persian Gulf region along with two other war vessels. The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz is being moved back into the Persian Gulf region along with other warships to provide combat support and air cover as US troops withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan by January 15 under President Trump’s orders a defense official tells CNN.
Amid growing speculation that the outgoing Donald Trump administration could rush through policies in external affairs that might create challenges for the succeeding administration of Joe Biden in the Pentagon has been found to be deploying a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf. While analysts were wondering whether the decision to deploy the warships was related to the assassination of Iran’s top scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, who Israel called the father of Iran’s nuclear program, Starr said the decision was taken before the news of the assassination came.
Iran’s defense ministry said, on Friday: “Armed terrorists targeted a vehicle carrying Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, head of the ministry’s research and innovation organisation. “After a clash between the terrorists and his bodyguards, Mr Fakhrizadeh was severely injured and rushed to hospital. “Unfortunately, the medical team’s efforts to save him were unsuccessful and minutes ago he passed away.”