The United States on Saturday, November 21, carried out a non-stop flight of B-52H strategic bombers into the Middle East. This is stated in the message posted on website United States Central Command (CENTCOM).
“The B-52H Stratofortress crews from Squadron 5, stationed at Maino Air Force Base in North Dakota, quickly flew to the Middle East on November 21 to contain aggression and reaffirm support from US partners and allies,” the statement said.
As noted by the command, the flight was supposed to “demonstrate the ability of the American Air Force to quickly transfer its forces to any part of the world and integrate them into the course of operations.”
The crews showed interaction with fighters and tanker aircraft. As SENTCOM specifies, the last time a long-range flight of a strategic bomber to the Middle East took place at the beginning of this year. The number of bombers deployed to the region has not been specified.
On November 17, Acting US Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller announced that the US authorities intend to leave only 2,500 troops in Afghanistan and Iraq by January 15.
It is noted that the United States currently has approximately 4.5 thousand troops in Afghanistan and more than 3 thousand in Iraq.
On the same day, US President Donald Trump expressed hope for the return of all American troops currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan to their homeland by May 2021.