US B-52 once again overflies Mideast in show of force to Iran

New White House administration girds for tense relationship with Tehran by flying nuclear-capable bomber over region; plane accompanied at one point by Saudi jets

illustrative: A US B-52H Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana is refueled during a training exercise, August 21, 2017. (US Air Force/Louis Briscese)

WASHINGTON — An American B-52 bomber flew over the Middle East Wednesday in a show of force by President Joe Biden’s new administration as it girds for a challenging relationship with Iran, the Pentagon said.

The nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortress flew the round-trip mission from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, accompanied at different times by US fighter jets and refueling tankers, and, at one point, by Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force F-15 fighters.