- Associated Press - Friday, April 8, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - F-22 jets from the Hawaii Air National Guard have returned to the islands after a six-month deployment targeting Islamic State.

The Hawaii Air National Guard said Friday 200 crew members and the planes arrived in several groups over the past few days.

The fighter jets were part of an operation against the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria. The Guard says the planes struck a number of high-value Islamic State targets.

The Guard isn’t saying what base the planes operated out of, citing security considerations and host nation sensitivities.

Hawaii’s F-22s are flown by pilots from the Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the active duty Air Force’s 19th Fighter Squadron. Maintenance and support are performed by the Guard’s 154th Wing and the active duty’s 15th Wing.

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