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US sends F-22 fighter jets to Middle East due to ‘increasingly unsafe’ activity by Russian aircraft

The US has sent F-22 fighter jets to the Middle East in response to the “increasingly secure” activity of Russian aircraft in the region.

United States Central Command (CENTCOM) said in Wednesday’s release It said it deployed the F-22 Raptor to demonstrate the country’s ability to “relocate forces and deliver instant overwhelming force.”

“Following the increasingly dangerous and unprofessional behavior of Russian aircraft in the region, the United States Air Force’s F-22 Raptor has been transferred to areas of responsibility for U.S. Central Command as part of a multifaceted show of U.S. support and capabilities. deployed,” the release reads.

“The dangerous and unprofessional behavior of the Russian military is not what we would expect from a professional air force. It’s growing,” CENTCOM commander Gen. Michael Crilla said in a statement. “We are committed to working with our partners and allies to improve security and stability in the region.”

The move comes amid growing tensions between the United States and Russia over the past year, amid Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

U.S. officials have reportedly said Russia has become more aggressive in the Middle East recently, and Krilla told the Senate Armed Services Committee in March that the U.S. said: ‘Significant spikes’ observed In Russian offensive flights over Syria.

A Russian pilot I tried “aerial combat” U.S. jets may be flying over Syria, trying to provoke the U.S. into committing an incident.

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