US official: Intel indicates Iran moved missiles by boat

Iran is said to have moved short-range ballistic missiles aboard boats in or near the Arabian Gulf.
Wednesday 08/05/2019
In this March 2016 file photo, a Qadr H long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile is fired by Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard during a maneuver in an undisclosed location in Iran. (AP)
In this March 2016 file photo, a Qadr H long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile is fired by Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard during a maneuver in an undisclosed location in Iran. (AP)

A US official says intelligence information that prompted the Pentagon to send an aircraft carrier and Air Force bombers to the Middle East included indications that Iran had moved short-range ballistic missiles aboard boats in or near the Arabian Gulf.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive information.

The official says the movement of missiles was among a wider range of troubling intelligence information that led to the decision announced Sunday to speed up the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group from the Mediterranean Sea to the Middle East.

At the Pentagon, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters the US was being "very prudent and very measured" in its approach to perceived Iranian threats.

AP