Why are American B-52s back in Middle East?


American B-52s, the massive Stratofortress bombers, have arrived in the Middle East. They are part of the 5th Bomb Wing a Minot Air Force Base from North Dakota. They arrived on Saturday. These giant aircraft were last deployed in the region in May 2019. The US Central Command says they are here to “deter aggression and reassure US partners and allies.” The B-52s are in the region as the US appears to be drawing down forces in Iraq. The Pentagon has said that hundreds are leaving Iraq and Afghanistan. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the Taliban this weekend, an interesting change in US policy from years ago when the US was once at war with the Taliban. The US wants to end twenty years of its involvement in the country.

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