U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Strait of Hormuz, tailed by two other US ships, in November 2019.

The US is looking away from the Middle East, but it's keeping a wary eye on what China is doing there

After decades of fighting insurgencies in the Middle East, the U.S. is shifting toward "long-term, strategic competition" with "revisionist powers" — Russian and China — even as U.S. troops remain on the ground from Syria to Afghanistan

U.S. Marines assigned to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command 20.2, prepare to load onto a MV-22B Osprey during an Evacuation Control Center training exercise in Kuwait, May 26, 2020

2,000 Camp Pendleton Marines deploy to the Middle East as crisis response force

Four elements of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit are now in Kuwait and will operate under U.S. Central Command as a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response-Central Command

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82nd Airborne paratroopers who rapidly deployed to the Middle East in January are finally coming home

Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division said they would begin coming home "in the next several weeks."

Decorations hang on the uniform lapel of an Airman at the Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Savannah, Georgia, for a valorous awards ceremony honoring the achievements of Special Tactics Airmen from the 17th Special Tactics Squadron’s Detachment 1 Feb. 18, 2020.

Special tactics airmen receive valor awards for daring Middle East raids, one of which took out top Al Qaeda leader

A group of special tactics airmen were honored with valor awards for their "selfless actions" during a series of raids carried out during a three-month deployment to Afghanistan, one of which resulted in the death of a top Al Qaeda leader in the region,

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Arabian Sea March 4, 2020

The US is rocking 2 aircraft carriers in the Middle East for the first time in years as a warning to Iran

The U.S. military has two aircraft carriers operating in the Middle East, marking the first extended dual use of carriers in the region since 2012, a U.S. combatant commander said in a statement Friday