May 1998

The Persian Gulf: Assisting in Operation Southern Watch

Volume 81, Issue 5

Operation Desert Storm was only seven years ago, but tension with Iraq still runs high. U.S. military forces, including the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, continued to enforce the no-fly zone over southern Iraq as part of Operation Southern Watch.

The MEU's six AV-8B Harrier attack jets were busy flying sorties several times a day to ensure no Iraqi aircraft crossed the 33rd parallel as mandated by the United Nations.

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