Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Target in sight

Iraqi airspace, north of Mosul - I'm not sure why I find this surprising, but there is no war in the air at 30,000 feet over Iraq, civilian aircraft are welcome. Our flight path takes us directly over Mosul, a little west of Kirkuk, east of Baghdad, and on into Kuwait.

I realize the insurgants don't have an air force, or long range surface to air to air missiles, but I would still have thought the airspace would have been restricted. The US Air Force is obviously flying combat missions in this airspace all the time, but close air support doesn't happen anywhere near this altitude.

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Day by Day, by Chris Muir (updated daily)

Chris Muir is the cartoonist that I met in Kuwait. He spent two weeks in Iraq at the same time I was there in February 2007, and so thought it would relevant to showcase his work on my site. Here is a link to Chris' humorous travelogue of this Iraq trip: http://billroggio.com/archives/2007/03/arrival_alignright_v.php