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Subject: Iranian Air Force
AThousandYoung    10/16/2010 9:16:34 PM
How strong is it? Of course it's not top quality, but for example how did thit do vs Iraq?
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WarNerd       10/17/2010 2:24:43 AM

How strong is it? Of course it's not top quality, but for example how did thit do vs Iraq?

Are you referring to the Iranian Air Force in the 1980's or in 2010?  These are vastly different periods.
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AThousandYoung       10/17/2010 12:44:33 PM

Well, how about today then.  I saw a clip of an F-14 flying recon over American troops in Iraq on youtube for example which made me think about it.

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mabie       10/30/2010 10:13:21 PM
UAE F-15 Blk 60 fleetcould take care of it. At least that's what a ranking US General was quoted as saying some time back.
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WarNerd       10/31/2010 4:55:33 AM

Well, how about today then. 

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