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Air strikes aimed at halting ethnic violence had only limited effect in achieving their goals in Bosnia and Kosovo until backed with the threat of effective ground action or at least the deployment of well-armed peacekeepers.

In Afghanistan, an air campaign and special forces support was enough to oust the Taliban from power after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks — but that war is far from over a decade on with thousands of NATO troops battling an ongoing insurgency.

In Iraq, more than a decade of sanctions, a no-fly zone and repeated bouts of air strikes that followed the end of the 1991 war helped Kurdish regions remain largely free from Saddam Hussein but otherwise allowed him to remain in power.

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