B-52 bomber sees action against ISIS for first time

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. The U.S. Air Force says it has deployed the bombers to take part in the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State group. 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 neighboring Saudi Arabia. (Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/U.S. Air Force)

On April 9th, B-52s arrived at Qatar’s al-Udeid Air Base from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, marking a historic moment.  It was the first time sine the heavy bombers have been based in the region since the 1991 Gulf War, where they operated from Saudi Arabia.

The long-range bombers were sent to support the multinational coalition by carrying out precision airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.

This morning during a Pentagon Press breifing, Army Col. Steve Warren said the U.S. Air Force’s B-52 Stratofortress bomber conducted its first mission against an ISIS weapons storage facility in Qayyarah, Iraq on Monday.

The Cold war era B-52 will conduct the “same type of precision strikes that we’ve seen for the last 20 months here in this theater,” Warren, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve said.

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