Headline RoundupFebruary 15th, 2023

US Military Conducts 'Routine Intercept' of Russian Warplanes

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The U.S. military said Tuesday it conducted a "routine intercept of Russian aircraft entering Air Defense Identification Zone" over Alaska on Monday.

The Details: According to a statement from North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. jets "detected, tracked, positively identified and intercepted four Russian aircraft" in international airspace near Alaska. The statement said this type of interaction "occurs regularly and is not seen as a threat," and that it's "in no way related" to the UFOs being shot down over North America in recent weeks. The intercepted Russian aircraft included bombers and fighter jets.

For Context: U.S. military aircraft have seen rare domestic action over the past few weeks. It began with the takedown of the Chinese spy balloon on Feb. 4, and continued as fighter jets shot down several more UFOs in the following days.

How the Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum covered NORAD's statement, and placed the encounter with Russia warplanes in the context of other flying objects being shot down over North America recently. The New York Post highlighted how President Joe Biden "has been largely quiet about the flying objects floating over US airspace."

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