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    Air Force F-22s Head to Middle East Amid Spike in Russian ‘Unprofessional Behavior’

    Air Force F-22s Head to Middle East Amid Spike in Russian ‘Unprofessional Behavior'

    The is deploying F-22 Raptors to U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility — ranging from the Middle East to central and south — as Russian continues to provoke American jets as well as allies and partners in the area.

    Deployment of the F-22s from the 94th Fighter Squadron out of Langley Air Force in Virginia was announced in a Central Command press release Wednesday. Officials said it is in direct response to “increasingly unsafe and unprofessional behavior by Russian aircraft” in the area. The number of F-22s being sent to the region was not announced.

    “Russian Forces' unsafe and unprofessional behavior is not what we expect from a professional air force,” Gen. Erik Kurilla, head of U.S. Central Command, said in the release. “Their regular violation of agreed-upon airspace deconfliction measures increases the risk of escalation or miscalculation.”

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    The move comes after several high-profile incidents between Russian and U.S. aircraft in the region, and even near the U.S., over the last few months.

    On May 11, North American Aerospace Defense Command identified and intercepted six Russian aircraft operating in airspace near Alaska. The Russian aircraft included Tu-95 bombers, Il-78 tankers and Su-35 fighters.

    On April 2, a Russian Su-35 conducted an “unsafe and unprofessional intercept” with a U.S. F-16 Fighting…

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