BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 A.M.) – Israel is no longer the sole country to bomb a site in the Middle East with the F-35 stealth fighter, as new reports from Iraq have revealed the U.S. Air Force’s use of the warplane.
According to Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency, two F-35A jets bombed an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) tunnel network in western Iraq, marking the first time the U.S. has used these warplanes in combat.
“We have the ability to gather, fuse and pass so much information, that we make every friendly aircraft more survivable and lethal,” said Lt. Col. Yosef Morris, 4th Fighter Squadron commander and F-35A pilot.
“That, combined with low-observable technology, allows us to really complement any combined force package and be ready to support AOR [area of responsibility] contingencies.”
Morris said the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II plane has the ability to gather information from a battlespace in real time and then share it with other F-35s.
The jet is touted as one of the world’s most advanced stealth aircraft.
The planes were deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates as part of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve.
Previously, the Israeli Air Force was the only military in the world that had used this warplane in combat.
The Israeli Air Force used their F-35A to bomb a military installation in southern Aleppo in 2018; it is suspected that they used the warplane again in an attack on Aleppo city earlier this year.