Air Weapons: April 17, 2003


On April 12th, U.S. Army Special Forces troops seized the Iraqi al Assad airbase in western Iraq. Despite being bombed several times, aerial reconnaissance had missed fifteen Iraqi warplanes, two UAVs and five rocket launchers. As has happened in every war since World War II, troops on the ground have managed to deceive American aerial reconnaissance. The U.S. Air Force redoubles its efforts to eliminate the problem in time for the next war, but always manages to get deceived by even more desperate enemy troops in the target area.


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