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ARLINGTON, VA - SEPTEMBER 28: A group of F-22 Raptors perform a flyover during the burial service for former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) at Arlington National Cemetery September 28, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. Stevens, the longest serving Republican in the Senate, died in a plane crash in Alaska August 9, 2010. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The U.S. military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska’s coast.

Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, says a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers on Monday.

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Ross says the intercept was “safe and professional.”

North American Aerospace Defense Command monitors air approaches to North America and defends the airspace.

Fox News said Tuesday the Russian planes flew within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of Alaska’s Kodiak Island.

It said the American jets escorted the Russian bombers for 12 minutes. The bombers then flew back to eastern Russia.

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