A US nuclear submarine has arrived in the Middle East, the American military said in a rare announcement.
The move can be seen as a deterrent to regional opponents as Iran said the US would be “hit hard” if there was no ceasefire in Gaza.
“Our advice to the Americans is to immediately end the war in Gaza and enforce a ceasefire, otherwise they will be hit hard,” said Defense Minister Mohammad-Reza Ashtiani. Reuters reported.
On Sunday, U.S. Central Command said an Ohio-class submarine was entering its area of responsibility as Israel entered the 31st day of the war.
The social media post appeared to show the submarine in the Suez Canal, northeast of Cairo. CNN reported.
The post did not name the submarine, but the U.S. Navy has four Ohio-class guided-missile submarines.
Also known as SSGNs, these are former ballistic missile submarines that have been converted to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles instead of nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.
Just a few weeks ago, a huge “Western Armada” of 19 warships gathered in the eastern Mediterranean.
The monster fleet deployed by NATO allies includes the world’s largest aircraft carriers, elite guided missile cruisers, destroyers, frigates and support ships.
The American military is also increasing its firepower in the region to prevent Iran and groups it supports from becoming involved in the war.
The US steel empire includes a network of bases in the Middle East with 2,000 soldiers, 2,400 Marines and 13 warships currently on alert.
Some A-10 Warthog and F-15E fighter jets arrived in the region.
More advanced military aircraft were expected to be added.
The Pentagon sent air defense systems and ammunition to Israel. Reuters Reports.
In late October, the United States had also ordered about 2,000 troops to be ready to deploy within 24 hours when notified – instead of the usual 96 hours – and could include units that provide assistance such as medical aid if needed, a U.S. official said.
It comes as Iran’s supreme leader issued a chilling message four days before Hamas brutally murdered 1,400 Israeli men, women and children.
Head of state and commander-in-chief of his armed forces, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said: “The Zionist regime is dying.”
An Iranian state account shared the post along with a symbol of the Palestinian flag.
In the October 3 post on X, formerly Twitter, Khamenei added: “The usurper regime is coming to an end.”
“Today, Palestinian youth and the anti-oppression and anti-occupation movement in Palestine are more energetic, more vibrant and better prepared than at any time in the last 70 or 80 years.”
“God willing, the movement will achieve its goals.”
Four days later, on October 7, Iran-backed Hamas unleashed its terror against Israel in a “surprise attack” during a Jewish holiday.
Around 260 bodies were discovered at a music festival in Israel after the terror group cut power and opened fire on civilians.
Hezbollah’s terror chief also issued a disturbing warning to Israel in his first public address since the October 7 massacre.
Iran-backed leader Hassan Nasrallah said “all options are open” given the brutal ongoing conflict.
The 63-year-old Hezbollah chief praised Hamas’ October 7 attack, calling it a “holy operation” that was “100% Palestinian.”
Read more on the Irish Sun
He warned that the fighting had spread to “more than one front.”
The terror chief said the deadly attacks a month ago caused an “earthquake” in Israel and exposed the country’s weakness.