January 30, 2007 -- Iraq has launched a search for a select group of motivated, apolitical volunteers to help rebuild its air force.
The Defense Ministry this week sent out a call for air force recruits with strong scientific backgrounds ready to volunteer for 15 years as pilots.
A statement said applicants "should be of Iraqi parents or an Iraqi father and an Arab mother."
The statement also said they must "not belong to a political party and should be loyal only to Iraq."
On The Verge Of Civil War
The Imam Al-Mahdi Army on parade (epa)
HAS THE CONFLICT IN IRAQ BECOME A CIVIL WAR? Many observers have concluded that the tit-for-tat sectarian violence that emerged after the February 2006 bombing of a mosque in Samarra has become a full-blown civil war.... (more)