Islam Times 28 Nov 2020 122020000000Sat, 28 Nov 2020 12:09:52 -0500 12:09 https://www.islamtimes.org/en/news/900468/nimitz-carrier-group-returns-to-gulf-after-drills -------------------------------------------------- Title : Nimitz Carrier Group Returns to Gulf after Drills -------------------------------------------------- Islam Times - A US aircraft carrier and other warships are headed to the Gulf to bolster troop withdrawals in the region, a military source told CNN, insisting the deployment is unrelated to the recent murder of a top Iranian scientist. Text : The Nimitz carrier strike group led by the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and backed by several guided-missile destroyers will soon resume operations in the Gulf region, CNN s Barbara Starr reported on Friday, citing an anonymous Pentagon official. The ships will provide combat support and air cover as US troops withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan by mid-January under orders from US President Donald Trump, moving a sizable arsenal into the region just months before he is set to leave office. The official added, however, that the movement was decided before news emerged of the scientist s assassination near Tehran early on Friday morning, suggesting the events are not connected. Nonetheless, they said the deployment would send an increased deterrence message to the Islamic Republic, which has vowed a severe response to the murder. The Nimitz strike group departed the Gulf earlier this month to conduct training exercises in the Indian Ocean with Australia, India and Japan which make up an informal security coalition known as the Quad. With those drills wrapped up, the US warships will now return to Iran s backyard, where Washington has maintained a significant presence throughout Trump s term. Despite the military official s assurances that the movements of the Nimitz group have no links to the assassination, Tehran s envoy to the United Nations warned his country would respond to any adventuristic measures by Washington or Tel Aviv, vowing to take all necessary measures to defend its people and secure its interests.