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SIN­GA­PORE—The US Navy’s top ad­mi­ral says the air­craft car­rier USS Harry S. Tru­man has be­gun launch­ing air strikes against the Is­lamic State group from the Mediter­ranean Sea. That opens a new direction of at­tack against the mil­i­tants in Iraq and Syria. Adm. John Richard­son said in an As­so­ci­ated Press in­ter­view on Satur­day that this unusual ar­range­ment is a demon­stra­tion of the flex­i­bil­ity of naval power. The Navy for years po­si­tioned its car­ri­ers in the Per­sian Gulf to con­duct air strikes against tar­gets in the Mid­dle East. The Tru­man had been in the Gulf but in re­cent days moved into the east­ern Mediter­ranean and re­sumed air op­er­a­tions. The Tru­man even­tu­ally will re­turn to its home port at Nor­folk, Vir­ginia, and be re­placed in the Gulf by the air­craft car­rier USS Dwight D. Eisen­hower.

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