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The very first examples of air warfare occurred exactly a century ago in Libya—but the parallels don't end there

Recent Nato operations in Libya are just the latest in a long line of international policing operations with unpredictable and potentially unwelcome outcomes; think of Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia. Yet this campaign differs—so far, anyway—from many other recent police actions in that it has largely been a demonstration of air power. There has been little, if any, air-to-air conflict, and the Nato forces have been operating ground attack missions,…

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