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US deploys B-52 bombers in Middle East for first time since 1991 to target IS

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.

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.


From Belfast Telegraph