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US Now Relatively Confident Russia Is Not Trying to Annex Alaska

The Russians are definitely flying around the general vicinity of Alaska, but they're probably there just to barrel bomb some baby seals

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For the second time in as many days Russian bombers flew "as close as 100 miles" from a remote island off the coast of Alaska.

However, the US Air Force is now reasonably confident that the Russians are not trying to annex the US state. Fox News reports:

<figcaption>Fox News is watching this story like a diabetic hawk</figcaption>
Fox News is watching this story like a diabetic hawk

The two nuclear-capable Tu-95H bombers were spotted by U.S. military radar at 5 p.m. local time.

Unlike a similar incident Monday night, this time the U.S. Air Force did not scramble any fighter jets.

Instead, it launched a single E-3 Sentry early warning aircraft, known as AWACS, to make sure there were only the two Russian bombers flying near Alaska, and not other aircraft flying underneath the large bombers.

We have it on high authority the Air Force chose not to scramble because they are convinced by Russia Insider's insightful commentary that the Russians are probably just barrel bombing baby seals, or something similar — but certainly not trying to annex American land. 

The Americans still launched an AWACS though just to be sure. Trust but verify, as the Gipper would say to commies.

That's the USAF for you: keeping the US safe — and Alaska American! Well done, boys.

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