U.S., Canadian Fighter Jets Intercept 8 Russian Planes

American and Canadian fighter jets intercepted eight Russian planes flying in international airspace west of Alaska this week, NBC News reported. While the encounter was without confrontation, the number and type of Russian planes intercepted was unique, a senior defense official told NBC News on Friday. Two American fighter jets intercepted six Russian planes, including two fighter jets, over the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday, while Canadian fighter jets intercepted two Russian Bear long-range bombers on Thursday over the ADIZ, the official said. The official said that the U.S. hasn't seen these types of planes in ADIZ space since Cold War days.

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