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US Air Force Prepares For Expanded Role In Iraq January 31, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Military News, US News.
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NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–The U.S. Air Force is preparing for an expanded role in Iraq that could include aggressive new tactics designed to deter Iranian assistance to Iraqi militants, senior Pentagon officials said, The Los Angeles Times reported in its Wednesday editions.

The efforts could include more forceful patrols by Air Force and Navy fighter planes along the Iran-Iraq border to counter the smuggling of bomb supplies from Iran, a senior Pentagon official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was discussing future military plans, the Times reports.

“Air power plays major roles, and one of those is as a deterrent, whether it be in border control, air sovereignty or something more kinetic,” said the senior Pentagon official, using a term that refers to offensive military action.

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