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Titel: US Forces terug naar Europa
Bericht door: Harald op 06/06/2014 | 13:34 uur
US Deploying B-52s to Europe

The US Air Force plans to temporarily deploy heavy bombers capable of delivering nuclear weapons to Europe one day after President Obama announced he would increase the US military presence in the region.

Two B-52 Stratofortresses bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and one B-52 from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota — currently operating from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota — arrived at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, on Wednesday, where airmen will train and integrate with US and allied military forces in the region, the Air Force said in a news release.

“During this deployment, which will span approximately two weeks, the multi-role heavy bombers will conduct training flights in the U.S. European Command area of operations, providing opportunities for aircrews to sharpen skills in several key operational sets and become familiar with airbases and operations in the region,” the release states.

The move comes amid Russian aggression in Eastern Europe where Moscow has annexed Crimea from Ukraine. Tens of thousands of Russian troops are also said to be massed along the border with Ukraine.

Obama on Tuesday called for Congress to approve $1 billion dollars to boost a rotational U.S. troops presence in Europe.

In March, the US repositioned F-15 and F-16 fighters to Lithuania and Poland.

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