Updated May 12, 2018 - World

Russian bombers intercepted by U.S. jets off the coast of Alaska

F-22 raptor jet

The United States Air Force's F/A-22 Raptor. Photo: Joe McNally/Getty Images

Two U.S. F-22 Raptor fighter jets intercepted a pair of Russian Tu-95 long-range bombers in international air space off the coast of Alaska on Friday, the Washington Post reports, citing Navy Capt. Scott Miller, an Aerospace Defense Command spokesman.

Why it matters, per the Post: "Friday’s encounter was the first of its kind in just more than a year, Miller said. A similar incident occurred off Alaskan waters in April 2017 in what U.S. officials have described as routine if not tense encounters between adversarial aircraft where territorial lines meet."

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