The Pentagon released video of B-52 bombers hitting Islamic State targets this week, in the first deployment to the Middle East since the Persian Gulf War.
The B-52 Stratofortress bombers arrived in Qatar this month and began hitting targets near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul Monday, where coalition forces are prepping to retake the ISIS stronghold, reports The Washington Post. (RELATED: The US Airstrike Just Obliterated Massive Stacks Of ISIS Cash)
In dramatic footage of some of the strikes Wednesday, ISIS weapons facilities are blown to bits by the heavy bombers. They were first built to carry out nuclear strikes on Russia during the Cold War, and have come to symbolize U.S. air power.
The operation to retake Mosul was paused recently when a contingency of Iraqi troops once again fled from the fight once ISIS started firing back. The arrival of the bombers could instill some confidence in the Iraqi and Kurdish forces gearing up for the key battle.
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