The Forgotten War

Patrolling The No-Fly Zones Over Iraq Since 1991 Has Given U.S. Pilots Lots Of Practice For The Real Thing

It is easy to forget, with all this talk of launching a war against Saddam Hussein, that a quiet one has been under way for the past 11 years right over his territory. It's a war that has produced few headlines, no diplomatic showdowns and no American dead from Iraqi fire. But in some ways this forgotten war is training the pilots who may have to take on Saddam better than any exercise over an Arizona desert ever could. Indeed, as President Bush hurled rhetorical thunderbolts at Saddam from a United Nations podium last week, the Iraqi leader's troops were busy...

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