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January 16, 1988 | JOHN M. BRODER, Times Staff Writer
The United States will reluctantly withdraw 72 F-16 jet fighter planes from Spain within three years under an agreement announced Friday, a move that Pentagon officials said would "leave a hole" in the defense of southern Europe that will not be filled any time soon. The United States is removing the planes--which constitute the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing--at the insistence of Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, who was fulfilling a domestic political pledge to reduce the highly visible U.
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January 16, 1988 | JOHN M. BRODER, Times Staff Writer
The United States will reluctantly withdraw 72 F-16 jet fighter planes from Spain within three years under an agreement announced Friday, a move that Pentagon officials said would "leave a hole" in the defense of southern Europe that will not be filled any time soon. The United States is removing the planes--which constitute the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing--at the insistence of Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, who was fulfilling a domestic political pledge to reduce the highly visible U.
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