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Posted: 1/10/2003 4:10:00 AM EDT
The Air Force has begun sending dozens of B-1B bombers and fighter aircraft to the Gulf region in a surge of U.S. arms and combat troops to prepare for possible war with Iraq, defense officials said on January 9, 2003. The warplanes join thousands of Army and Marine Corps combat troops flowing to the Gulf in a new year's surge that will more than double the 60,000 U.S. military personnel now stationed at bases in Kuwait and aircraft carrier battle groups. A pair of Air Force B-1B bombers is seen in formation flight in this undated file photo. (USAF/Reuters)
Thirteen-year-old female polar bear Antonia enjoys the cold weather as temperatures hovered around minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) at the Ruhrzoo in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
The cover of GQ magazine, February 2003 issue, which shows actress Kate Winslet. Winslet, the star of the film 'Titanic', displays a pair of supermodel-skinny legs, tiny waist and razor sharp cheekbones. GQ editor Dylan Jones admitted the pictures of her in the magazine had been 'digitally manipulated' to make Winslet appear thinner than she actually is and said the actress had approved the results. (AP Photo / PA)
A U.S. soldier of the 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, of the 82nd Airborne fires an anti-tank rocket against a disuse tank during a live-fire training Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003 at a firing range near the U.S. base in Kandahar, Afghanistan (news - web sites). (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Flanked by International Atomic Energy Agency head Mohamed ElBaaradei, left, the U.N.'s chief weapons inspector Hans Blix gestures outside the United Nations (news - web sites) Security Council following a briefing on the U.N. weapons inspectors' report on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at the United Nations in New York. Blix said weapons inspectors have found 'no smoking guns' in their search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. (AP Photo)
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