The American Forces Press Service, the internal news organ of the Department of Defense, is breaking news today with the stunning revelation that the F-22A Raptor has deployed to the Middle East.
The press service story states:
"When the Raptor, a fifth-generation fighter jet, left Langley Air Force Base, Va., in February for its first real-world deployment to the Middle East, Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Daetz, operations officer for the 411th Flight Test Squadron, was wowed by its power, maneuverability and stealth. " (Full story)
I'm aware of only two F-22 deployments to Okinawa and to Alaska, with the Okinawa trip tainted by bad software that shut down the cockpit computers while crossing the International Date Line.
I think we can assume this is just a bad typo, like when DOD announced it would export missiles to a new country called the United Arab Emigrants.
The day the F-22 shows up at Tallil or Al Asad is probably the day when we need to send a message to a certain neighboring country.