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Israeli fighter jets escort American bombers in Israeli skies

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Israeli F-15 fighter jets escort American B-1B bombers, on November 11, 2021. (IDF)
Israeli F-15 fighter jets escort American B-1B bombers, on November 11, 2021. (IDF)

Israeli F-15 fighter jets again escorted American B-1B bombers through the region for the second time in a month, the Israeli military says, in a tacit threat to Iran.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, the Israeli fighter jets accompanied two B-1B heavy bombers and a KC-10 refueling jet through Israeli airspace today as they made their way west from the Persian Gulf.

“The joint flight demonstrates our continued cooperation, which is crucial to the security of Israel and the Middle East,” the IDF says.

Late last month, Israeli F-15s escorted a B-1B bomber as it made its way to the Gulf.

The escort mission comes as Israeli and American officials have increasingly threatened to act against Tehran’s nuclear program, as Iran has stalled its indirect negotiations with the United States in Vienna regarding a mutual return to the 2015 nuclear deal.

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