On Saturday, the Air Force of the United States had set out the B-52 bombers to Qatar to join the battle against IS (Islamic State ) in Syria & Iraq, the 1st time they have been based in Middle East since the termination of Gulf War in 1991.
The Air Forces Central Command of the United States stated that it last flew long-range bombers operationally in region in May 2006 as a part of war in Afghanistan, and during a military exercise in Jordan in May 2015 that was led by the United States.
“B-52 demonstrates our continued resolve to apply persistent pressure on Daesh & defend the region in any future contingency,” said General Charles Brown, Air Force Lieutenant, the commander of Air Forces Central Command of the United States.
Daesh’s the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State (IS) militant movement.
Lieutenant Colonel Chris Karns, representative for Central Command, stated that he couldn’t offer the exact number of the B-52 bombers to be founded at the Al Udeid Air Basein Qatar due to the “operational security reasons.”
Washington’s pronouncement to deploy its powerful B-52 bombers to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar came as the military of the United States had stepped up the fight against IS (Islamic State) in Syria & Iraq.
The Air Force Lieutenant, General Charles Brown said that the bombers would be able to transport precision weapons & carry out a range of missions, including the maritime operations, strategic attack, air interdiction, and close-air support.
Lieutenant Colonel Chris Karns said that the bombers would enable the forces of the United States to drop 1 or 2 munitions in an area, rather than using the carpet bombing.
“Accuracy is critically important in this war,” said the Lieutenant. “Carpet-bombing wouldn’t be effective for the operation we are in because Daesh does not mass as large groups. Often, they blend into the population centers. We always look to minimize civilian casualties.”