An Islamic State flag is seen in this picture illustration taken February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

The U.S. Air Force deployed B-52 bombers to Qatar on Saturday to join the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the first time they have been based in the Middle East since the end of the Gulf War in 1991.

U.S. Air Forces Central Command said it last flew the long-range bombers operationally in the region in May 2006 as part of the war in Afghanistan, and during a U.S.-led military exercise in Jordan in May 2015.

“The B-52 demonstrates our continued resolve to apply persistent pressure on Daesh and defend the region in any future contingency,” said Air Force Lieutenant General Charles Brown, commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

Daesh is the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State militant movement.

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Karns, spokesman for the Central Command, said he could not provide the exact number of B-52 bombers to be based at Al Udeid Air Basein Qatar due to “operational security reasons.”

Washington’s decision to deploy its powerful B-52 bombers to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar came as the U.S. military stepped up the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Brown said the bombers would be able to deliver precision weapons and carry out a range of missions, including strategic attack, close-air support, air interdiction, and maritime operations.

Karns said the bombers would enable U.S. forces to drop one or two munitions in an area, rather than use carpet bombing.

“Accuracy is critically important in this war,” he said. “Carpet-bombing would not be effective for the operation we’re in because Daesh doesn’t mass as large groups. Often, they blend into population centers. We always look to minimize civilian casualties.”

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Domhnall Allen
Domhnall Allen
2016-04-09 14:33

@duchess1201 should have initiated saturation bombing months ago.

C A Priest
C A Priest
2016-04-09 14:27

@duchess1201 It’s about time they go after the JV team.

Poyan Kevın Sənaee
Poyan Kevın Sənaee
2016-04-09 14:16

Joke of the year

OP.
OP.
2016-04-09 15:18

Good, carpet bombing should not be so effective – but what exactly you want B-52´s use for? Dive bombing?!

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-04-09 16:55

Another not very efficient idea, as selling F16 to Iraqi Air Force when they’d need A10! Allright, the B52 can drop smart bombs but on what? A few guys with AKs, RPG7 and PKM? A Toyota pick’up? If there’s an HQ to blow, even a drone can launch a GBU… It looks more a way to sell the war to the US tax-payer as the B-52 symbolize the might of the USAF although the B-1B carries 50% more tons of bombs… In such kind of asymetrical conflict, sending AC-130 would be much much more efficient! In terms of air power,… Read more »

Jano
Jano
2016-04-09 17:15

……Karns said the bombers would enable U.S. forces to drop one or two munitions in an area, rather than use carpet bombing……..
B-52 for one or two bombs is a nonsense. They carry cruise missiles or carpet bombs.

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-04-10 07:25
Reply to  Jano

Nope : JDAMs too (GPS guided bombs) @ ‘only’ 25/30k$ per bomb… But is it usefull to carry 160*250kg JDAMs per flight? And there are newer weighting only 125kg to minimize collateral damages… Yeah, I don’t know if it’d be OK at the seize but in weight, it could so carry 320 of these… Intel will have fun to select targets even for a single B-52 😉 Russian have used a little Tu-160 (which can carry 40 tons of bombs too) then switched to Su-25 (their A10) and hellos and, if there are bigger targets, the Su-34 can carry 8… Read more »

Kakoli Bandyopadhyay
Kakoli Bandyopadhyay
2016-04-09 17:13

@leithfadel Qatar is Islamic state, it need to be , should be, must by bombed. Sending B52 is a good idea

TC Jin Ds
TC Jin Ds
2016-04-09 19:33

what a lie