Tyndall AFB's F-22 Raptors involved in Afghanistan bombing raid

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJHG/WECP) - Tyndall Air Force Base has confirmed that its F-22 Raptors were used in a bombing mission against Taliban drug-producing facilities in Afghanistan this weekend.

American B-52 bombers and F-22 Raptor fighter jets from the 95th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron struck eight drug labs where the Taliban was producing narcotics, including heroin, from the vast poppy fields that it controls in the region, said Army General John Nicholson.

This comes amid new White House-approved authorities to target the insurgents' revenue stream. Under the new strategy, U.S. forces can attack the enemy across the breadth and the depth of the battlespace as well as their financial networks and revenue streams.

In a press briefing Monday, General Nicholson said the Raptor's ability to deliver precision munitions, in this case a 250-pound bomb, was essential in carrying out the mission with the minimum amount of collateral damage.