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Hagel Orders US Aircraft Carrier to Persian Gulf

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The aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush is moored outside Piraeus port southwest from  Athens, on March 5, 2014. The 1,092 feet (333 metres) carrier which can carry 6,000 personnel, is one of the worlds largest warships. AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis        (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush is moored outside Piraeus port southwest from Athens, on March 5, 2014. The 1,092 feet (333 metres) carrier which can carry 6,000 personnel, is one of the worlds largest warships. AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an aircraft carrier — the Norfolk, Virginia-based USS George H.W. Bush — to move from the northern Arabian Sea to the Persian Gulf as President Barack Obama considers possible military options for Iraq.

Hagel’s press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the order will give the president added flexibility if military action is required to protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq.

Accompanying the carrier will be the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea and the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun. The ships are expected to complete their move into the Gulf later Saturday.

The ships carry Tomahawk missiles, which could reach Iraq. The Bush is carrying fighter jets that could also easily get to Iraq, where a fast-moving Islamic insurgency is gaining territory.

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