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US deploys B-52 bombers to the Mideast to target IS for first time since 1991

AP , Saturday 9 Apr 2016
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The US Air Force says it has deployed B-52 bombers to the Mideast nation of Qatar to take part in the US-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State (IS) 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 IS targets in Syria and Iraq.

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