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U.S. F-22s Intercept Russian Bombers Near Alaskan Border

F-22 Raptor (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Airman Justin Hodge)
April 18, 2017
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The Pentagon says a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace near Alaska’s borders Monday.

Two Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers flew within 100 miles of Alaska’s Kodiak Island, roughly 280 miles southwest of Elmendorf Air Force Base.

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The U.S. Air Force F-22’s flew alongside the bombers for 12 minutes before reversing course and heading back to eastern Russia.

 

Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, described the intercept as “safe and professional,” as quoted by the Associated Press.

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The intercept comes amid high tensions between Russia and the United States. Earlier this month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said relations between both countries hit a “low point.”

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