You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

U.S. Set to End 20 Years of Bombing Iraq [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU
The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 10:24 AM
Original message
U.S. Set to End 20 Years of Bombing Iraq
Advertisements [?]
U.S. Set to End 20 Years of Bombing Iraq

With the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, the United States will finally conclude the longest air war in world history.

For 20 years, beginning with the 1991 Gulf War and now ending in December, the U.S. carried out almost continuous air combat missions over Iraq. In the intervening years between the two wars (from 1992 until the March 2003 invasion), U.S. warplanes enforced the United Nations no-fly zone, conducting low-level air assaults in the process.

Major General Russell Handy, commander of the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Iraq, told AlterNet that the two-decade air campaign will end next month, because there are no arrangements in place to allow the U.S. to fly missions over Iraq after December 31, 2011.

In 1991, during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, U.S. forces dropped 265,000 bombs on Iraq (about 70% of which missed their target). During the opening months of the 2003 invasion, his son approved the launching of another 27,000 bombs. In between the two Bushes, President Bill Clintons attacks on Iraq were highlighted by an intense bombing campaign in December 1998 that included the first bomb-dropping by female combat pilots.

http://www.allgov.com/Top_Stories/ViewNews/US_Set_to_End_20_Years_of_Bombing_Iraq_111116
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 

Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC