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Friday, February 13, 2015

F-22's role, impact in Inherent Resolve increasing

F-22 RaptorThe Air Force's most advanced fighter has been in battle against the Islamic State group for about five months, and has performed well enough to now be an anchor of airstrike sorties.

The F-22 flew its first combat mission in September, striking an Islamic State headquarters building in Syria. Since then, the F-22 has flown as part of strike packages in most of the combat sorties as part of Operation Inherent Resolve in both Iraq and Syria.

It has flown combat missions, escorted bombers and helped manage other fighter aircraft on their sorties, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Hawk Carlisle said at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium here.

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