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    Iraq/AP A crewman aboard the USS Enterprise prepares to help launch another wave of attacks against Iraq. (AP)
Following are key Post stories about the military strikes against Iraq initiated by the United States and Britain on Dec. 16.

Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999
U.S.: Airstrikes Took Toll
The top U.S. military commander and the Marine general in charge of airstrikes last month against Iraq said they believe the attack has weakened Saddam Hussein's hold on power and encouraged suspicion and disloyalty within his military.

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998
U.N. May Lift Sanctions
Russia, China and France favor lifting the sanctions on Iraq, disbanding the UNSCOM weapons inspections and firing their executive chairman, Richard Butler.
Time May Be Arch-Foe in Struggle
U.S.: Attacks Caused Major Damage
Tea Leaves No Easy Read in Iraq

Monday, Dec. 21, 1998
U.S. Warns Iraq of More Raids
President Clinton's national security advisers warned Saddam Hussein that airstrikes will occur as often as necessary to prevent Iraq from developing or deploying weapons of mass destruction.
U.S. Drama Leaves the World Bewildered
The Big Military Question: What's Next?
Raids Spur Conflicting Arab Reactions
A Durable Saddam Declares 'Victory'
Blair: Raids Hurt Plans of Saddam

Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998
U.S. Ends Attacks on Iraq
President Clinton announced a halt to the bombing of Iraq after four nights of airstrikes, calling the operation a success.
Modest War Shifts Dynamics of Iraq Conflict
Protests, Violence Flare in Arab World
Baghdad Hides Its Wounds
Kurds Consolidate Power in North Iraq
Officials Define Their Measure of Success
Blair Calls Attacks a 'Job Well Done'
Raids Leave Baghdad a City of Contrasts
President's Statement on Iraq

Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998
Overall Bombs Success Reported Mixed
As American and British forces bombarded Iraq for a third straight night, officials in Washington revealed that the bombing campaign has had only mixed success.
Of First 89 Targets, Few Destroyed
One Aim: Kill Saddam's 'Palace Guard'
Clinton's Green Light Buoys Forces
Despite Toll, Iraqis Are Defiant
U.S. Seeks Russian Understanding
Carrier Crew Practices Teamwork

Friday, Dec. 18, 1998
U.S. Steps Up Attack on Iraq
The attack by U.S. and British forces against Iraq broadened and intensified as salvos of missiles pounded scores of targets throughout Iraq.
Is Mission 'Pinpricks' or Punitive?
Baghdad: After Normal Day, Strikes Resume
U.S. Details Strategy, Damage
Divisions, Debate in Security Council
Security Increased in Washington
America's Allies Give Support to Attack
Arab Leaders' Reaction is Restrained
Iraqi Opposition Waiting for a Role
Top Inspector Denies Aiding U.S. Aims

Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998
U.S. Strikes at Iraqi Targets
President Clinton launched the largest military operation of his two terms in office, pairing U.S. and British forces against Iraq in what he called a "strong, sustained" attack from the air against the sources of President Saddam Hussein's military power.
Aides: President Saw Little Alternative
Analysis: Limited Campaign Could Limit Success
Sen. Lott Won't Back Clinton on Strike
Attack Targets Sites Crucial to Weapon-Making
U.S. Says Iraq Determined Timing
Arab Nations Are Quiet, but U.S. Claims Tacit Support
Dissent Heard in Some Foreign Capitals
Raids Spawn Suspicions, Wary Support
On Security Council, Mixed Views
News Channels' Scrambled Signals
The Life of a Capital Reduced to Tatters

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