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American Military News by Ryan Morgan November 30, 2020

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CNV-68) was ordered back to the Persian Gulf, and news of the carrier’s movement came the same day that a top Iranian nuclear scientist was killed in an ambush attack. U.S. officials said the carrier movement was not linked to any specific threat, however.

The Pentagon and the Bahrain-based U.S. 5th Fleet announced the Nimitz’s return to the Persian Gulf in Friday statements provided to USA Today. While the announcement of the Nimitz’s movement to the Persian Gulf came hours after top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in an ambush attack in Tehran, 5th Fleet spokeswoman Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich did not say the U.S. aircraft carrier’s movement was related.

“There were no specific threats that triggered the return of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group,” Rebarich said.

The attack on Fakhrizadeh reportedly included a bomb blast and gunfire targeting his vehicle. Iran’s semi-official state media outlet Fars News reported that Fakhrizadeh’s security team fought back against the attackers and three or four of the attackers were killed in the fighting.

Iran has blamed the U.S. and Israel for Fakhrizadeh’s death and Iranian President Hassan Rohani accused Israel of acting as a “mercenary” for the U.S. in connection with the killing. Rohani said Iran will respond “in due time.”