US Central Command on Monday denied ISIS claims that it had shot down a US aircraft near Anbar, Iraq, saying American and coalition aircraft have been accounted for. CENTCOM released a statement on Twitter shortly after the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency reported that a US aircraft had been shot down and its crew killed, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. Amaq released the statement the same day it released ISIS’ claims of responsibility for a bombing in Germany and a suicide bombing in Iraq. On July 24, US and coalition aircraft flew 20 sorties in Iraq and Syria targeting ISIS, including multiple strikes targeting the ISIS-held city of Mosul in Anbar Province, according to CENTCOM.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.