In­tel­li­gence in­di­cates mis­siles moved by boat

The News-Times - - NATION / WORLD -

The de­ci­sion to send an air­craft car­rier and a group of Air Force bombers to the Mid­dle East was based in part on in­tel­li­gence in­di­ca­tions that Iran had moved short-range bal­lis­tic mis­siles by boat in wa­ters off its shores, an Amer­i­can of­fi­cial said Tues­day.

The move­ment, first re­ported by CNN, was among a range of in­di­ca­tions that Iran might be con­sid­er­ing or pre­par­ing to at­tack U.S. forces in the re­gion, said the of­fi­cial, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity in or­der to dis­cuss sen­si­tive in­tel­li­gence.

The of­fi­cial said it was not clear whether the boats with mis­siles rep­re­sented a new mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­ity that could be used against U.S. forces or were only be­ing moved to shore lo­ca­tions.

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