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Russian Bombers Penetrate N. American Buffer Zone, Intercepted by U.S., Canadian Jet Fighters
Created: 30.09.2006 13:32 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 14:53 MSK
A new U.S. push for greater Russian military openness collided with Cold War habits last week as Russian long-range bombers flew within 15 miles of U.S. airspace off Alaska, Denver Post website reported.
Fully-armed U.S. fighter jets responded, intercepting the two bombers.
The Russian Tu-95 bombers on a training exercise Thursday penetrated a North American buffer zone, said a statement Friday from Maj. Gen. Brett Cairns, operations chief for Colorado Springs-based North American Aerospace Defense Command.
But the bombers stayed within international airspace.
The U.S. response “was appropriate,” said Adm. Timothy Keating, commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command.
“We have a near-sacred responsibility to protect and defend the United States and Canada against any and all threats. We will not waver in this responsibility,” Keating said.
Russian bombers flew undetected across Arctic - AF commander
13:40 | 22/ 04/ 2006
MOSCOW, April 22 (RIA Novosti) - Russian military planes flew undetected through the U.S. zone of the Arctic Ocean to Canada during recent military exercises, a senior Air Force commander said Saturday.
The commander of the country's long-range strategic bombers, Lieutenant General Igor Khvorov, said the U.S. Air Force is now investigating why its military was unable to detect the Russian bombers.
"They were unable to detect the planes either with radars or visually," he said.
Khorov said that during the military exercises in April, Tu-160 Blackjack bombers and Tu-95 Bears had successfully carried out four missile launches. Bombing exercises were held using Tu-22 Blinders.
Originally posted by Muaddib
How exactly is securing the borders the same as "self destruction"?...
You might want to laugh at the U.S., but at least we did not get the problems that most of Europe has been getting from riots done by immigrants, mostly Muslims, and other crimes they commit.....
Originally posted by DYepes
It could bde everyone is tightening their borders to protect against espionage? Could be everybody is trying harder to keep spies out now.
Or maybe, the ET's are on their way ....
Originally posted by Muaddib This is more of a military move, and the U.S. is not the only one doing it.
These are events that are happening, or have happened recently, it is not a "claim".
Originally posted by Waiting2awake
Who are their targets then? Canadians? American's? Cattle? If it is a military move, then whom are they moving on?
Originally posted by jsobecky
Canada is a prime haven for terrorists, and a favored entry point into North America because of their very lax immigration policies. This, coupled with a lack of Canadian political will to change things, means that the Canadian border needs to be guarded more closely than before.
Waiting for the horse to get out of the barn before closing the door could prove to be a very costly mistake. I support the measures taken by the US to tighten the security in that region.