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B-1 bombers removed from ISIS campaign in Iraq & Syria

The US Air Force has removed its B-1B Lancer bombers from the bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria, sending them back to the US for scheduled cockpit upgrades, the USAF Central Command reported.
A German air force Tornado jet approaches to land at an airbase in Incirlik, Turkey. © Umit Bektas

With the B-1 taking a back seat, the campaign may lose a “little flexibility,” but the USAF has plenty of other aircraft to compensate for the deficit, Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown, who heads the command, told journalists from his HQ in Qatar.

Brown said the bombers would return to Iraq and Syria, but didn’t provide any timetable. About 80 percent of airstrikes against IS targets are carried out by the US, according to Brown. But in recent weeks several members of the US-led coalition have pledged to contribute more to the war effort.

The B-1B is a variant of the four-engine nuclear-capable bomber first fielded in the mid-1980s. It is capable of supersonic flight and can carry up to 216,000kg of payload. The Lancers were used in the many conflicts the US was involved in the last few decades, from the Gulf War and Kosovo bombings to the latest action in Afghanistan and Syria.

German media have previously reported that cockpit problems undermined the country’s contribution to the anti-IS campaign. The lighting turned out to be too bright for pilots wearing night googles during missions, meaning none could be flown by German Tornado jets.


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9 Responses to "B-1 bombers removed from ISIS campaign in Iraq & Syria"

  1. William Bourne  February 22, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Perhaps a sign of Pen.tagon eyes finally wide open and co-operating with Rus.sia against IS.IS. There are still rogue US factions, but their control may be slipping away over time. Keep a good thought for some of the brass who are patri.otic and can make a difference. for one comes to mind.

  2. Beydety  February 20, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Repairs and upgrades? Just like those Navy ships that needed urgent repairs.

  3. ethanallen  February 20, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I would expect that the DoD is removing the B-1s either before the Russians tell them to remove them-embarrassing-or before ISIS, the Turks or the Saudis introduce missiles and fire indiscriminately at anything overhead. Definitely don’t want to lose one of those frightfully expensive airplanes and certainly don’t want to be told to remove them.

  4. Altimometer  February 20, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    80% is fudging even for fuzzy stats.

  5. NotAVeteran2  February 20, 2016 at 10:26 am

    “The Lancers were used in the many conflicts the US was involved in the last few decades”
    And only now they find a ‘lighting problem’ in the cockpit?

    Who left the fish out? Because that stinks.

    • JohninMK  February 20, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      The Lancer’s cockpit lighting is OK, its the Tornados with the problem.

    • drbhelthi  February 21, 2016 at 6:19 am

      The Tornados cannot be allowed to “recon” at night, as the oil-tanker convoys from Turkey would show up.

  6. Carnaptious  February 20, 2016 at 10:05 am

    “80 percent of airstrikes against IS targets are carried out by the US, according to Brown”

    And Brown has the videos of Russian air strikes to prove just how successful “US air strikes” have been. US air strike videos, apparently, can’t be released for reasons of national security, make that national interests, make that humanitarian reasons. Well they do have them, you’ll just have to trust them on that. After all, would a criminal cabal of psychopaths, sociopaths, war criminals, thieves and murderers lie to the US public?

    • US-First  February 20, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Yes, Carnaptious, of course. They are after all … AIPAC of liars and speak with forked tongues like the vipers found under rocks in Israel or more openly on every seat in Congress and the Senate – when they are not in their offices ‘turning an immense pecuniary mangle’ as snake-oil charlatans for our country’s ills and willing dupes for Israel in a dog-eat-dog scramble to annihilate or holocaust the perceived Muslim threat supposedly stalking every country in the Middle East.

      “Soon, April/May it will be “the time of year when venomous snakes are at their most potent, with the toxins refreshed after several months of rest.” Ready, I’m sure for events in Syria to unfold (they are the puppet-masters afterall) while keeping an eye as ever on the “(Palestine saw-scaled vipers), as well as the tzefa (Palestinian vipers) …” behind their backs.

      “To this day certain species of snake retain residual legs or claws, a reminder perhaps of the punishment described in Genesis 14: “You will crawl on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life.”

      Quotes googled from (Israeli Reptiles).

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