Following a Nov. 13 attack on Paris, the U.S., along with France and Russia, are intensifying efforts to strike Islamic State militants. The U.S. has been conducting airstrikes as early as September of 2014 using modern weaponry, including the first-ever combat use of the new stealth F-22 Raptor.
“This is almost like a Desert Storm where we went in with lots of firepower, everything that the United States has,” said Ret. Col. Stephen Ganyard, a former Marine fighter pilot and Defense Department official who’s now a consultant for ABC News. “All of the best gear is going into this fight because we have to treat it like a very high threat environment.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, the F-22, most commonly used in battle, “can drop guided bombs from much further away than F/A-18s or F-16 fighter planes” and can hit a target with 1,000-pound guided bomb from 15 miles away.