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B-1 Bombers Key to a US Plan to Strike North Korean Missile Sites: Sources

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    B-1 Bombers Key to a US Plan to Strike North Korean Missile Sites: Sources
    South Korea Defense Ministry via AP
    In this July 8, 2017, photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers, left and second from left, fly with South Korean and U.S. fighter jets over the Korean Peninsula, South Korea.

    The key to the Pentagon’s plan for a preemptive strike on North Korean missile sites would be a B-1B bomber attack originating from the U.S. Air Force Base in Guam.

    Two senior military officials and two senior retired officers told NBC News that pairs of B-1s have conducted 11 practice runs of a similar mission since the end of May, the last taking place on Monday. The training has accelerated since May, according to officials.

    In an actual mission, the non-nuclear bombers would be supported by satellites and drones and surrounded by fighter jets as well as aerial refueling and electronic warfare planes.