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USAF to redeploy 'tankbusters' to Europe amid Ukraine crisis

The US is boosting its air power in Europe by redeploying a dozen A-10 'tankbuster' aircraft to the region, amid the conflict in Ukraine that has killed more than 5,400 people. The US Air Force service's European Command said that 12 A-10 'Thunderbolts' would be deployed to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany by the end of this month as part of 'Operation Atlantic Resolve', which was formed after Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

“The Air Force is increasing rotational presence in Europe to reassure our allies and partner nations that our commitment to European security is a priority,” Lt. Gen. Tom Jones, vice commander, United States Air Forces in Europe -- Air Forces Africa, said in a statement. The Air Force said besides operating in Germany, the A- 10s will be forward deployed to other partner nations in Eastern Europe. US forces have operated out of bases in Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Poland, among others, in the past year.
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