As sectarian fighting continued in Iraq Saturday, the U.S. announced it is moving the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush and two guided-missile support ships into the Persian Gulf from the North Arabian Sea, CNN and other news outlets reported. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, one of the largest ships in the world, carries 90 airplanes and helicopters, and a crew of 3,200. The move came as President Barack Obama was said to be continuing to consider every military option to assist the Iraqi government except returning foot soldiers to the nation the U.S. invaded and occupied between 2003 and 2010. The move also came as the government of Iran said it might cooperate with the U.S. in seeking to repel attempts by Sunni Muslim groups and supporters of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein to overthrow the government of Nouri al-Maliki, a Shia Muslim.

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