U.S. Air Force jets intercept Russian bombers near Alaska

As tension grows between America and Russia, over the war in Syria, the U S military has said that two Russian nuclear-capable bombers escorted by two fighter jets flew near Alaska on Sept 11 before being intercepted by a pair of Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets

A statement by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) however, said that the Russian formation never entered U S or Canadian airspace

NORAD said the Russian bombers and fighter jets were intercepted "west of mainland Alaska" by the American fighter jets at 10 p m ET Tuesday, but did not give a more precise location

It's the second time this month a pair of Russian bombers flew near Alaska

On Sept 1, the bombers were intercepted by F-22 fighters after crossing into the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone south of the Aleutian Islands

In May, two defense officials told Fox News that two similar bombers came within 55 miles of the state's west coast

The Russian planes did not enter sovereign U S airspace on either of the previous two occasions

The Russian military recently launched its largest military drill since 1981

According to the country's defense ministry, the Vostok or "East" exercise involves some 300,000 troops and over 1,000 aircraft

Earlier Wednesday, the Russian military released video on Twitter showing a pair of Cold War era Tu-95 "Bear" bombers and a pair of fighter jets taking off from an airbase in eastern Russia


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