US intercepts 2 Russian bombers

Russian Bombers Fly Near Alaska; Air Force Scrambles Jets

A pair of Russian nuclear-capable bombers flew near Alaska Monday night, two USA 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.

Before this incident, the last time Russian bombers flew this close to the US took place on July 4, 2015.

After the bombers entered the United States' Air Defense Identification Zone, two F-22 stealth fighter jets and a Boeing E-3 Sentry, commonly known as an AWACS, took off from Elmendorf to make an intercept.

Ross described the intercept as 'safe and professional'.

It said the American jets escorted the Russian bombers for 12 minutes.

The zone is defended and monitored by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which keeps track of monitors air approaches to North America and defends the airspace.

The bombers flew near the Aleutian Islands.

The Russian bombers were flying only 450 kilometers away from a US Air Force base, which is the closest distance that Russian planes have been to the US since US President Donald Trump began his term.

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