first published on April 22, 2016 by Will
The U.S. recently deployed a B-52 Stratofortress to the Middle East in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve’s bombing campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The following clip is the very first strikes released to the public of the classic, yet formidable, aircraft bombing a weapons storage facility near Qayyarah, Iraq.
This is the B-52’s first Middle East operational deployment since the Iraq invasion in 2003. Although “carpet bombing” comes to mind when the aircraft is mentioned, the video shows multiple precision-guided munitions striking individual dwellings within the frame.