B-52 Bombers join the Fight Against ISIS in Iraq and Syria
Footage released by the Pentagon on April 21 shows the aircraft destroying weapons facilities in Qayyarah, which is located 35 miles outside of Mosul.
“When the enemy sees a B-52 fly overhead it strikes fear into their heart”
The US Air Force deployed a B-52 bomber against the Islamic State for the first time, the Pentagon said Wednesday as it ramps up a 20-month campaign to smash the jihadists. The bombing mission, in which a B-52 destroyed a weapons storage facility south of Mosul, comes the same week that Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Baghdad and announced extra US troops, cash and equipment for the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
US commandos working with Kurdish troops conducted a raid targeting a senior IS group figure and the Pentagon said it has changed how air strikes risking civilian deaths are approved.
Under the new rules, authority now comes from the commanding three-star US general in Baghdad, instead of going through a four-star at the US Central Command’s headquarters in Florida. Baghdad-based military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren insisted the changes do not lessen oversight standards in determining when civilian losses are an acceptable risk.
Carter this week announced an additional 217 US forces would be deployed to Iraq as advisors, pushing the official count there past 4,000. The Pentagon has also offered Apache attack helicopters for use in an eventual push on Mosul, Iraq’s second city and which is under control of the Islamic State group.
Monday’s strike by a B-52 Stratofortress blew up an Islamic State weapons storage facility in the town of Qayyarah, about 35 miles south of Mosul. The B-52 Stratofortress, originally designed in the 1950s, became a symbol of US might during the Cold War. Warren said the B-52s are only being armed with guided bombs in Iraq and Syria fight against ISIS.
VIDEO: B-52 Bomber Takes Out ISIS Weapons Facility In Mosul
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