Thursday 29 September 2016

US Air Force deploys B-52 bombers for first time since Cold War-era to target Isis

Published 09/04/2016 | 21:06

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber arrives at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar April 9, 2016.REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Terrica Y. Jones/Handout via Reuters
A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber arrives at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar April 9, 2016.REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Terrica Y. Jones/Handout via Reuters
A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/U.S. Air Force via AP)
U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/U.S. Air Force via AP)
A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrives at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/U.S. Air Force via AP)

The US Air Force says it has deployed B-52 bombers to Qatar in the Middle East to take part in the US-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State group.

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It is the first time the Cold War-era heavy bombers will be based in the region since the 1991 Gulf War, when they operated from neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

The air force said the B-52s arrived at Qatar's al-Udeid Air Base from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana on Saturday.

The long-range bombers will join a multinational coalition carrying out airstrikes against IS targets in Syria and Iraq.

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/U.S. Air Force via AP)
A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/U.S. Air Force via AP)
U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/U.S. Air Force via AP)
U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/U.S. Air Force via AP)
A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrives at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/U.S. Air Force via AP)
A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrives at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/U.S. Air Force via AP)

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