The U.S. military said that two B-52H bombers were flying over the Middle East and doing missions for the Bomber Task Force. This showed that the U.S. was ready to take on any challenge with determination. Two Israeli F-35 stealth fighter jets followed the American bomber as it made its moves.
The mission was done by two B-52H Stratofortress planes from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, which worked with 13 partner nation Air Forces.
“This Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission demonstrates our commitment to regional security and the collective capabilities of our military partners in the region,” U.S. Chief of Central Command (CENTCOM) General Erik Kurilla said in a statement Thursday.
Kurilla said that CENTCOM and its partners could quickly get a lot of combat forces in the air. He said, “We can do the same thing on land and at sea to face any challenge with determination.”
Even though Iran wasn’t mentioned by name, the move was seen as a message to Iran, which continues to send weapons to Russia, enrich uranium for possible nuclear weapons, and support militias in the Middle East.
U.S. forces in the area have also been attacked several times by militias backed by Iran. Also, the Israeli military said that two stealthy F-35 fighter jets accompanied two American B-52 bombers on their mission on Thursday.
In a tweet, the Israeli military said, “As part of increased cooperation with the U.S. Armed Forces, this flight is part of a series of joint exercises to make sure we are ready for any situation.”
The commander of the Ninth Air Force (Air Force Center), Lt. Gen. Alexus Grynkewich, said that the BTF shows the U.S.’s long-term commitment to the region. “With our allies, we can quickly add a lot of fighting power to our joint area of operations,” he said.