U.S. to deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe

Reuters News
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Posted: Aug 24, 2015 4:40 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe very soon as part of the "European Reassurance Initiative," Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Monday.

James did not give details about the specific number of planes, date or location of the deployment.

The deployment is seen as a move to assuage growing concerns among NATO allies about Russian military aggression. The Air Force has been using F-22 fighter jets in its strikes against Islamic State, the first real combat air strikes by the aircraft.

(Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Sandra Maler)