Proceedings Magazine - November 2000 Vol. 126/11/1,173

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A terrorist bomb ripped open the Aegis destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67) while the warship was mooring in the port of Aden about noon on 12 October. The blast tore a hole approximately 40 by 40...



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  • Terrorism Strikes the U.S. Navy
    By Norman Polmar

    A terrorist bomb ripped open the Aegis destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67) while the warship was mooring in the port of Aden about noon on 12 October. The blast tore a hole approximately 40 by 40 feet in the port side of the amidships hull,...

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    Second Honorable Mention, Marine Corps Essay Contest

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  • Book Reviews

    Winning Ugly: NATO's War to Save Kosovo

    Ivo H. Daalder and Michael E. O'Hanlon. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution, 2000. 343 pp. Photos. Notes. Index. $24.95 ($22.45).

    Kosovo: War and...

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