Skooter reporting 04/28/12
Several F-22s, the nation’s most advanced fighter jets were deployed by the U.S. military to an allied base less than 200 miles from Iran. The deployment of the jets are not meant as a show of force against Iran or that it is in some way linked to a possible strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, the Air Force said. Instead the move is all part of a routine deployment and “security cooperation with regional partners.”
It is not known how many jets were sent or where exactly they are stationed, however as first reported by Aviation Week, U.S. officials said the jets are in hangars at the United Arab Emirates' Al Dafra Air Base.
The jets were not used in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya, so the F-22 has not yet seen combat. The aircraft are stealth, and its specialty is the in air-to-air combat, but can also strike air-to-ground if required. As one Air Force official put it, "this is America's premier fighter jet. It has no rival."
The country’s last diplomatic chance for Iran nuclear negotiations would take place on May 23, in Baghdad.