Two surveillance planes of the US Air Force have recently arrived at the Iraklion Air Station on the island of Crete, Skai TV reports.
According to the media outlet, the two aircraft in question – the MC-12S EMARSS and MC-12W Liberty – were previously employed by the US during its invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
US President Donald Trump also blasted Russia and Iran for providing aid to the Syrian government forces and threatened to punish Syria for this alleged transgression with his "new and smart" missiles.
Several other countries, including the UK and France, echoed these accusations.
Following this development, the US Navy announced the deployment of the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to the Middle East. The strike group includes the titular aircraft carrier plus the destroyers USS Arleigh Burke, USS Bulkeley, USS Forrest Sherman, USS Farragut and guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy.
The Pentagon, however, claimed that this is a planned deployment, which was scheduled back in February.