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US and British warplanes drop .3 tons of ordnance on targets in Iraq “no-fly” zones. (Smith 5/30/2005)

US and British warplanes drop 10.4 tons of ordnance on targets in Iraq “no-fly” zones. (Smith 5/30/2005)

US and British warplanes drop 9.5 tons of ordnance on targets in Iraq “no-fly” zones. (Smith 5/30/2005)

US and British warplanes drop 14.1 tons of ordnance on targets in Iraq “no-fly” zones. (Smith 5/30/2005)

US military planners decide that the operation to depose Saddam Hussein will begin with an air offensive—under the guise of enforcing the so-called “no-fly” zone —and Special Forces operations aimed at weakening Iraqi air defenses. This will begin without any formal declaration or authorization from the UN. Meanwhile the US and British will build up forces in Kuwait in preparation for a full-scale ground invasion. (Smith 5/29/2005) The tonnage of ordnance dropped on targets in Iraq’s “no-fly” zones will increase dramatically over the next few months (see August 1-31, 2002) (see September 1-30, 2002) (see October 1-31, 2002).

US and British warplanes drop 54.6 tons of ordnance on targets in Iraq “no-fly” zones—nearly a four-fold increase over what was dropped in August (see August 1-31, 2002). (Smith 5/30/2005)

US and British warplanes drop 17.7 tons of ordnance on targets in the Iraq “no-fly” zones. (Smith 5/30/2005)

US and British warplanes drop 53.2 tons of ordnance on targets in Iraq “no-fly” zones. (Smith 5/30/2005)


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