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Correction on Stark Attack

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Submitted by Patrick (United States), Nov 15, 2002 at 22:37

For the record, my recollection is the Stark was attacked "mistakenly" by an Iraqi warplane, which had fired two missles from over the horizon; although both hit their marks, only one was effective.
The Stark's ability to defend herself had been ordered disabled, as these systems may have been activated against a less serious threat, the routine nuisance posed by small boats that would torment the US warships operating in those waters. Such would have been bad press; I would have preferred those headlines to the news of the Stark victims.
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