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Pentagon Orders Combat Aircraft to Persian Gulf Area

Posted September 20, 2001 5:56 a.m. EDT

— There's word of orders from the Pentagon for combat aircraft to move to bases in the Persian Gulf.

The report comes from a senior defense official. It's the first concrete sign of preparations to retaliate for last week's terrorist attacks.

Officials at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and Pope Air Force say they haven't received any orders to move.

The official says the combat aircraft will be preceded by teams of Air Force air controllers who will coordinate the refueling of the fighters and bombers as they deploy from the United States to the Gulf region.