The 'Axis of Resistance' pushing US to ramp up Middle East defences

It took just a day after Hamas's devastating attack on Israel for the US to deliver a muscular display of military support for the Jewish state — and a message of warning to its regional foes.

In what US defence secretary Lloyd Austin described as steps to “bolster regional deterrence efforts”, Washington announced it was dispatching a carrier strike group to the eastern Mediterranean and augmenting its fighter jet squadrons across the region.