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Issue No. 1825

US Stealth bombers to fly from Britain... Blair calls up 10,000 reservists... Thousands of marines head to Gulf

US WEAPONS of mass destruction arrive at a Gloucestershire airfield. Ten thousand British reservists are called up by the New Labour government. US president George Bush and his poodle Tony Blair are pressing full ahead for war on Iraq, despite all the manoeuvres at the United Nations. The US is sending its B-2 'Stealth' bombers to the Fairford airbase, a few miles from Oxford and Swindon.

Each plane costs $1.1 billion, enough to build ten new general hospitals. They will be used in the first wave of US and British attacks. 'Our mission is to kick the door down and kill targets,' says Colonel Doug Raaberg, commander of the Stealth bomber unit. They flew missions in the war on Afghanistan but were limited by the distance they had to travel from their US base.

They need special climate controlled hangars for maintenance work on their radar-invisible coating between flights. Now some of these special hangars are being built at the Fairford base.

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Sat 9 Nov 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1825
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