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Taking the Strain in the Middle East

THE RAF’S Hercules fleet is seeing a major surge in the tempo of its operations in the Middle East to support simultaneous British Army combat deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. It comes at a time when almost half the RAF’s C-130K fleet is undergoing urgent modifications.

As a result, the RAF’s C-130J fleet, operated by 24 and 30 Squadrons, is being heavily tasked during the current rotation of army brigades, totalling more than 20,000 troops, into Afghanistan and Iraq. C-130Js are used to shuttle troops to and from Basra so that RAF Tristars and chartered airliners can land at Al

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Spectres Support UK Forces in Iraq

BRITISH TROOPS in Iraq have received close air support from US Air Force AC-1 ЗОН Spectre gunships, according to RAF sources. Shia militiamen of Moqtada al-Sadr’s ‘Mehdi Army’ were targeted by gunships in the air strikes on A1 Amara on May 8 in the largest air support operation for British troops since the occupation of Basra last April during the US-led invasion of Iraq.

AC-130s were used to support the initial amphibious assault on the A1 Faw Peninsular by 3 Commando Brigade last March but this year’s operation is the first time British forces have made such extensive use of

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Hidden Agera

As well as being involved in Operation Allied Force, the UK and USA are also bombing Iraq. Jim Hedge reports on how their objectives have shifted since Operation Desert Fox.

WHILST THE eyes of the world are focused on events in Kosovo, the Anglo-American air campaign against Iraq continues unabated. However, the question is being increasingly posed as to just how far military force advances the policy of the US and UK Governments.

In many ways Operation Desert Fox (see Saddam Outfoxed, March, p22) represented a defining moment in the confrontation between Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and the remnants of the

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Dutch Cougars Replace Chinooks in Iraq

A DECISION was finally made by the Dutch government on June 11 to prolong the stay of Dutch troops within the Stabilization Force Iraq (SFIR) for another eight months from July 15. As a result, the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) helicopter detachment that has supported the Dutch ground troops since August 2003 will remain at Tallil air base in southern Iraq until March 2005. The three CH-47D Chinooks operated by the Dutch Helidet were replaced by a similar number of AS 532U2 Cougars in July. The Cougars, from Soesterberg-based 300 Squadron, were airlifted to the region by Antonov An-124

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Coalition – AIRPOWER

David C Isby looks at Anglo-American Co-operation during the air campaigns over Afghanistan and Iraq

ANGLO-AMERICAN airpower, forged in combat during two world conflicts, has had 50 years of post-war joint training and operations — in the Cold War and ‘shooting’ wars alike — to bring the two nations to their current capability for using coalition airpower as a flexible but integral force, a fact demonstrated daily over Afghanistan and Iraq. The coalition airpower in combat today amounts to far more than F-16s and Harriers carrying out their respective missions. It represents the application of state-of-the art command control technology

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Air War Iraq

Author: Tim Ripley

Details: Pen and Sword Books Ltd, ISBN 1 84415 069 0, 112pp, illus, sbk, £16.99

TIM RIPLEY will be a familiar name to many of our readers as he has written a number of articles for AFM over the past year shedding much-needed light on various subjects related to the war in Iraq. The author spent most of the lead-up to the war and the combat phases reporting from the Middle East, so is well qualified to write such a book. In doing so he provides a photo-journalistic perspective on the vital role that aviation played in

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Bush: more than 5 thousand troops return from Iraq before Christmas

So makarom Bush accepted the recommendation Vojko commander in Iraq David Petreesa on reducing troops in Iraq until July 20 to 15 teams. "The principle, which I drove in deciding on the number of troops in Iraq was" returning after of success ": the more successful we act, the more American troops will be able to return home. Whatever we do, I can assure you that our commanders on the spot have pretty powers and abilities in order to defeat the enemy. "Bush assured that the South American troops will remain in Iraq after the end of its capabilities in

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South American military will remain in Iraq

Congressional hearings on the situation in Iraq has not only to decide the fate of the upcoming fund military forces in Iraq, and for the U.S. presidential campaign in November 2008The main issue concerning the Yankees most of the Iraq war — when the troops return home? Gen. David Petreus, supreme control of the U.S. Army in Iraq, said:"I think that the subsequent summer we will be able to reduce our forces to the level as long as it was before the increase in military forces. I think that we can do and not lose volume work produced breakthroughs in

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Help about football» connect Iraqis?

After the sudden victory own team over three-time champion of Asia — Saudi Arabia’s national team — thousands of Iraqis in the evening on Sunday took to the streets. Many wept and danced obymalis.In Iraq’s national football team players come from all main groups of Iraqi society — Shia Arabs, Sunni Arabs, Kurds and turkamany. Prospect team looked pretty bleak, and least three potential coaches refused to lead the team. In the end, two months before the main competition was the coach of Iraq’s Brazilian Zhovan Vieira.Many Iraqi supporters believe that victory can contribute to national unity. Here that reads

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Blair leaves. What legacy remains an Englishman?

Political scientist David Carleton Institute of Voryk believes that Blair’s legacy will be measured in a number of areas of its activities, and policies on Iraq — only some of them:"The problem of Iraq even more worried elite England than a huge part of people. Certainly, more people do not approve of it, since a lot of terrible is happening in Iraq. But I doubt that it is of paramount importance for the masses in their arguments." According to the views of Carlton, where some will be evaluated through the prism of Iraq, Blair, others will remember his speech in

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