By Richard Engel
Whilst struggle broke out in Iraq, each significant U.S. community pulled its correspondents from the scene. regardless of the danger, Richard Engel stayed. As our tanks entered Baghdad in April 2003, he was once there, bringing the Iraqi warfare into American houses as a stringer for ABC information. decided to bring the complete heart East tale, Engel moved to Cairo in 1996 after graduating from Stanford to benefit 'street' Arabic. Then to dig even deeper into the complex powder-keg of the Israeli-Palestinian clash, he settled in Jerusalem.
Now as Iraq enters its post-war part and the Gulf quarter maintains to dominate our nation's cognizance, progressively more american citizens will come to understand and belief Richard Engel--especially in his present position as a correspondent for NBC Nightly information with Tom Brokaw. either analytical and anecdotal, this booklet leads us during the struggle in Iraq, dissecting a myriad of heart East concerns, all from the vantage aspect of somebody who's 'on the floor and within the streets' to get the genuine tale.
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A close up of ‘personalised’ Mk 20 Rockeye II CBUs attached to the wing pylons of VMA-542 AV-8B BuNo 162945. These weapons proved extremely effective throughout Desert Storm, with ‘Tigers’’ pilot Capt Mike Beguelin using them to deadly effect on the morning of 17 February. ‘A FAC found six tanks hidden in old bomb craters. We came in low under the clouds from the east, and the FAC put a marking rocket on the target. “Rebel” (Maj Jim Lee) and I rolled in and we dropped 12 Rockeye II cluster bombs on the tanks.
Engine changes, which required a crane to remove the wing and lift out the engine, were performed on the ramp in front of the hangars. ‘MALS-14 set up its vans on the south side of the soccer stadium. The unit had a veritable city of machine shops, avionics test vans and supply areas to keep us maintained day and night at the intermediate level. 4 percent. 51 CHAPTER THREE 52 This total included 251 combat sorties from 17 January, with an average of 17 sorties being flown per day. VMA-542 pilots dropped 330 Mk 82 bombs and 165 Mk 20 Rockeye II CBUs on Iraqi positions during this period.
We couldn’t see anything on the desert floor from our day attack Harrier IIs, so we had to use flares or laser designation. I flew 44 missions in Desert Storm, and fewer than ten were night missions. We were not all that accurate at night. The A-6s were great, and some of the F/A-18s had forward-looking infrared sensors (FLIRs), but we were very limited in the day attack AV-8Bs. ‘One thing that really helped us in the kill boxes was when the FastFAC F/A-18D two-seaters (of VMFA(AW)-121) showed up.