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  •  Is this an error in the Times article? (4.00)
    THE RAF and US aircraft doubled the rate at which they were dropping bombs on Iraq in 2002 ... During 2000, RAF aircraft patrolling the southern no-fly zone over Iraq dropped 20.5 tons of bombs from a total of 155 tons dropped by the coalition, a mere 13%. During 2001 that figure rose slightly to 25 tons out of 107, or 23%.

    However, between May 2002 and the second week in November, when the UN Security Council passed resolution 1441, which Goldsmith said made the war legal, British aircraft dropped 46 tons of bombs a month out of a total of 126.1 tons, or 36%.

    If the RAF were dropping 46 tons of bombs of month between May and November, then that was far more than a doubling of the bombs dropped by the RAF in 2001. I'm guessing that they meant to say 46 tons total for the period May-Nov.

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