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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

30 Years Ago Today - Israeli Operation 'Opera' Wipes Out Saddam's Nuclear Program

Today is the 30th Anniversary of Operation Opera, Israel's strike on the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq, which destroyed Saddam Hussein's nuclear weapons program.  The strike was widely criticized by the international community as a violation of international law.

One of the Israeli pilots, Ilan Ramon, died in the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Via Israel National News:
Thirty years ago Tuesday, on Sunday, June 7, 1981, eight IAF F-16s and and six F-15s took off from the IAF's Etzion Base in northern Sinai. Their destination was the Iraqi nuclear plant at Al-Tuweitha, near Baghdad.

The youngest F-16 pilot was Captain Ilan Ramon, 25. He volunteered to fly last in the attack formation -- the most dangerous position -- because he had no wife or children.

The strike made history and denied Iraq's Saddam Hussein his dream of nuclear weapons. He was eventually toppled and executed after the US led a coalition force into Iraq.

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  1. People have to do what people have to do.

    Here's hoping this next time with Iran, they send in several large drones at low altitude and get the job done with equal effect.

    Who amongst us would blame them for stopping what we should have halted long ago?

  2. Thank you Israel. I am grateful for your courage. Feel free to eliminate Iran's nukes. :)

    G-D Bless Israel.

  3. One of those moments when you just stood back and could do nothing but Israeli moxie and skill.

  4. and here we are on the brink of Iran joining the nuclear club, possibly within the next two weeks. It would not surprise me in the least if Operation Opera II was sitting on the tarmac preparing to launch as we speak.