The Operation Inherent Resolve Army Col. Steve Warren said the first B-52 mission against ISIS targets happened in Qayyarah, Iraq.
The Air Force said the B-52 Stratofortresses arrived at Qatar’s al-Udeid Air Base earlier this month.
It is the first time the Cold War-era heavy bombers have been based in the Middle East since the Gulf War. During Desert Storm, B-52s delivered 40 percent of all the weapons dropped by coalition forces, according to the U.S. Air Force.
B-52 is a long-range, heavy bomber that can fly at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. They can also carry nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability.