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Conceding Defeat? U.S. Pulls Aircraft Carrier from Anti-ISIS Support in Middle East

The Free Beacon [1] explained:

The United States has pulled the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier that has been central in the fight against the Islamic State, from the Persian Gulf, military officials said Thursday.

NBC News [2] reported that the U.S. Navy now, for the first time since 2007, has no aircraft carrier in the sea. The aircraft carrier was taken out late Thursday so that it can undergo maintenance, but its temporary removal is also part of budget cuts.