The U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers conducted air strikes in retaliation for a drone attack that killed three U.S. service members in Jordan. The strikes targeted Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and affiliated militias in Iraq and Syria. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III stated that the strikes are the start of their response, with additional actions planned to hold the IRGC and affiliated militias accountable. No details about the forces involved in the strikes have been released, but B-1 Lancer bombers were confirmed to have been involved. The B-1s were seen crossing the pond, possibly on their way to their targets, and were also active on their SATCOM and HF radios.
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🚀 U.S. Air Force B-1 Bombers Strike Back
🌠 On the night of February 2-3, 2024, U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers launched a series of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. This retaliation was in response to a drone attack that killed three U.S. service members in Jordan the previous week.
🇺🇸 Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III stated, “This is the start of our response. The President has directed additional actions to hold the IRGC and affiliated militias accountable for their attacks on U.S. and Coalition Forces. We do not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else, but the President and I will not tolerate attacks on American forces. We will take all necessary actions to defend the United States, our forces, and our interests.”
🛩️ The air strikes involved B-1 Lancer bombers, a powerful and versatile aircraft known for its speed and long-range capabilities.
📽️ U.S. CENTCOM shared a video clip of the B-1Bs launching at night, showcasing the impressive power and precision of these aircraft.
🌍 The B-1s were also spotted preparing for their mission, possibly on their way to their targets, demonstrating the strategic global reach of these bombers.
📡 Additionally, the B-1Bs were active on their SATCOM and HF radios, showcasing their advanced communication capabilities.
🎖️ Fun Fact: The B-1B Lancer, often referred to as the “BONE,” has a wingspan of 137 feet and can reach speeds of up to 900 miles per hour.
(Source: The Aviationist)
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