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US Fighter Jets Land in Poland

The U.S. is deploying 2,000 troops to Poland and Germany, of which 1,700 from the 82nd Airborne Division based in North Carolina are being deployed to Poland.
U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter flies over the Amari military airfield, Estonia February 1, 2022. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo
U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter flies over the Amari military airfield, Estonia February 1, 2022. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo

U.S. F-15 fighter jets have arrived in Poland as America and its NATO allies seek to bolster defenses along the alliance’s eastern flank ahead of a potential military conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

“US Air Force F-15 fighter jets landed in Łask to contribute to #NATOAirPolicingMission on the Eastern Flank of the Alliance,” Poland’s delegation to NATO said on Twitter.

In a statement, U.S. European Command said the F-15s from the 48th Fighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath in the United Kingdom will work alongside Polish and Danish F-16 aircraft executing the air policing mission from Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania.

Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, said in a statement that the deployment “elevates the collective defense capabilities on NATO’s Eastern flank and the enhanced Air Policing mission.”

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