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US bombers fly long-range mission over South Korea

SEOUL — The US military carried out a rare long-range mission over the Korean Peninsula Thursday, sending two nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers on a practice bombing sortie over South Korea, underscoring Washington’s commitment to defend its ally amid rising tensions with North Korea.

The two B-2 Spirit bombers showed the United States’ ability to ‘‘provide extended deterrence to our allies in the Asia-Pacific region’’ and to ‘‘conduct long-range, precision strikes quickly and at will,’’ the US command in the South Korean capital, Seoul, said in a statement.

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