US brings B-52 bombers back to the Mideast to target IS

April 9, 2016 8:15PM (UTC)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Air Force says it has deployed B-52 bombers to the Mideast nation of Qatar 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.


The Air Force says the B-52s arrived to 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 Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.

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