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Two Minutes Over Baghdad - Uri Bar-Joseph

Hardcover Published: 30th May 2003
ISBN: 9780714654225
Number Of Pages: 183

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On 7th June 1981 a group of F-16 fighter-bombers from the Israeli Air Force bombed the newly completed French-built Iraqi nuclear reactor at Tuwaitha, south-east of Baghdad. The F-16s dived in low and dropped 2000lb iron bombs and 900lb HE bombs on the main reactor building destroying the reactor, yet leaving only one casualty. Up above six F-15 fighters flew "top cover" while on the border of Iraq CH-53 Air Rescue helicopters were ready to retrieve any pilots who were shot down. The Iraqi air defences around the reactor were formidable with SA-6 (Gainful), SA-2 and SA-3 anti-aircraft missiles and ZSU-57-2 and ZSU-23-4 radar guided anti-aircraft guns and MIG-21 and MIG-23MF fighter interceptors based at a nearby airfield.
What was more remarkable was that the Israeli strike team had to fly over several Arab countries to reach Iraq and fly within range of Saudi and US AWACs planes which were fully capable of spotting them hundreds of miles to the north.
Fully updated with new, formerly classified information, this work includes new photographs taken during the mission and from US spy satellites showing the damage to the reactor. For the first time the names of the pilots are revealed, one of them was Israel's first astronaut who was sadly killed in the Space Shuttle crash in February 2003.
Media opinion, which was very hostile back in 1982, has over time come round to the idea that this was correct and timely action by Israel.

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"[This] book merits the attention of anyone interested in the issue of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East." -"Israel Affairs

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Forewordp. ix
Introduction to the First Editionp. xvii
Introduction to the Second Editionp. xxiii
Prologuep. xxvi
Operation Opera: A Chronology of Eventsp. xxix
Map of Middle Eastp. lii
The Call to Arms and the Nuclear Race
Ben Gurion's Dilemmap. 3
The Lion and the Lambs: The Birth of Israel's Nuclear Debatep. 7
Nasser's Nightmare, Sadat's Solutionp. 11
The Quest for the Muslim Bomb: Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Pakistanp. 18
A Bomb in the Basement: Dayan's Formulap. 25
Saddam Hussein and Project Tammuzp. 37
The Decision is Made
The Writing on the Wall: Sabotage in Francep. 51
The Writing on the Wall: Tearing the Threadp. 59
Final Warning: The Iranian Attackp. 64
The Trio Decidep. 67
The Preparations for Operation Babylon
Operation Babylon: Optionsp. 75
Operation Babylon: A Second Entebbe?p. 81
Operation Babylon: Reconnaissancep. 88
Operation Babylon: The Eagle and the Fighting Falconp. 93
Operation Babylon: The Approach Routep. 103
Operation Babylon: A Choice of Weaponsp. 111
Operation Babylon: Countdownp. 118
Operation Babylon: Two Minutes over Osirakp. 120
The Jerusalem Statementp. 130
The Baghdad Statementp. 132
Dropping Bombs and Clangers: Israel after the Raidp. 135
The Propaganda War: Hussein Hits Backp. 142
A Delicate Balancing Act: The American Reactionp. 145
Israel's Verdictp. 158
The French Disconnectionp. 164
The Arab World: Bridging the Nuclear Gapp. 167
Epilogue to the Second Editionp. 171
Israel's Main Decision-makers (1948-81)p. 177
The Iraqi Nuclear Projectp. 178
Foreign Suppliers of the Iraqi Nuclear Projectp. 179
Table of Nuclear Development in Middle Eastern Countriesp. 180
A Comparison of Israeli and Iraqi Aircraftp. 182
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ISBN: 9780714654225
ISBN-10: 0714654221
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 183
Published: 30th May 2003
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.25 x 17.02  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 2