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New Generation Of Iraqi Military Pilots Looks To Sky

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New Generation Of Iraqi Military Pilots Looks To Sky

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New Generation Of Iraqi Military Pilots Looks To Sky

New Generation Of Iraqi Military Pilots Looks To Sky

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Iraq's military pilots once enjoyed elite status in the country's armed forces. Then Saddam Hussein blundered: He flew the entire fleet to Iran for safekeeping during the 1991 Gulf War. Between sanctions, and the Iranian decision not to return the jets, the Iraqi airforce hasn't really flown for 18 years. But at an American airbase outside the city of Kirkuk, a young generation of pilots is learning to fly again.

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