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Russia Gets A Little Close For Comfort, U.S. Jets Scrambled

 

Sarah Palin may have been the butt of a few jokes after her “I can see Russia from my house” statement years ago, but her misunderstood anecdote came home to roost today.

As Russia and the U.S. square off diplomatically, each with an opposing stake in Syria and North Korea, both superpowers’ militaries have been on the move.  Russian forces have promised to strike U.S. targets in the middle east should Donald Trump make another strike in Syria, and the U.S. Naval group off of the Korean peninsula is being tailed by Russian spy ships.

Now, as if that weren’t quite enough, Alaska had an up close and personal brush with a group of Russian bombers that send the Air Force to scramble jets.

“A pair of Russian nuclear-capable bombers flew near Alaska Monday night, two U.S. officials told Fox News, coming as close as 100 miles from Kodiak Island — the first time since President Trump took office that Moscow has sent bombers so close to the U.S.

“The two Russian Tu-95 ‘Bear’ bombers flew roughly 280 miles southwest of Elmendorf Air Force Base, within the Air Defense Identification Zone of the United States.

“The U.S. Air Force scrambled two F-22 stealth fighter jets and an E-3 airborne early warning plane to intercept the Russian bombers.

“The American jets flew alongside the Russian bombers for 12 minutes, before the Russian bombers reversed course and headed back to their base in eastern Russia.

“Last week in Moscow, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said U.S.-Russian relations were at a ‘low point’ while sitting next to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.”

While Donald Trump continues to work on a bevy of domestic issues this week, his Russian counterpart has been busy with a schedule of military harassment of the United States.  While many believe we are months, if not years, into a second Cold War, the actions being taken by Vladimir Putin in recent weeks remind us of a more volatile conflict.

 

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