Raptors have been operational for over a decade. They've been technically challenged. Their systems may not work as claimed. They've yet to be used in combat.
They carry eight "smart bombs." They can be launched at four targets simultaneously at high speed without losing stealth capability, it's claimed. Upgrading permits carrying out precise ground attacks. Multiple targets can be struck in one mission.
Pentagon sources didn't announce the UAE deployment. On January 25, The Aviationst.com provided information. It said stealth planes might escape radar but not human spotting.
Gian Luca Onnis photographed them overflying Sardinia. They were trailing two KC-235s and one KC-10. Their contrails were clearly visible.
Airplane spotters also saw them landing. Enhancing America's regional strike capability occurs when Washington allegedly wants world tensions reduced.
In his inaugural address, Obama said "a decade of war is now ending." He lied. He's a serial liar. Permanent war is official US policy. Current conflicts continue. New ones are planned.
Washington bears full responsibility for Syria and Mali. Anything erupting regionally, across North Africa, and in Central Asia bears its fingerprints.
US special forces were sent to 35 African countries. They're already in dozens of others worldwide. Expect Americans and Israelis wanting peace to be sorely disappointed.