The US military deployed F-22 fighter jets to the Middle East this week in response to concerns about unsafe behavior by Russian aircraft

In response to concerns over the “unsafe and unprofessional behavior” displayed by Russian aircraft, the US military has deployed F-22 fighter jets to the Middle East this week, as announced by the US military on Wednesday.

Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, the commander of CENTCOM, expressed disappointment with the conduct of Russian forces in a news release, highlighting their frequent violations of agreed airspace deconfliction measures that increase the risk of escalation or miscalculation. He underscored the commitment of the US, together with its partners and allies, to bolster security and stability in the region.

The F-22s deployed belong to the 94th Fighter Squadron stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Lt. Gen. Alex Grynkewich, the commander of US Air Forces Central, disclosed in a statement that these Raptors were redeployed from Europe.

The decision to deploy the F-22s was prompted by the escalating aggressiveness of Russian flights in the region. While Russia remains involved in the conflict in Ukraine, the US has encountered Russian aircraft during operations in the Middle East, particularly in and around Syria.

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