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August 11, 2008 6:02 PM

Unchallenged air power was Russia's trump card

For days, Russian jets and bombers unleashed a massive aerial campaign against Georgian forces that, more than anything, dramatically changed the war's direction. Until Russian jets showed up, Georgian tanks and infantry looked to be on their way to defeating separatist forces in Tskhinvali, the capital of the breakaway province of South Ossetia. But Georgia's ground troops couldn't do much against Russian aircraft after Russian bombing eliminated Georgia's air defenses.

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