A U.S. Navy pilot and a weapons system officer (co-pilot) after returning from a mission over Iraq, on the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Persian Gulf on Aug. 6, 2015. The six-hour round-trip flights provide air cover for Iraqi troops on the ground, as Navy and Marine fighter pilots and weapons officers drop bombs on Islamic State fighting positions.(Adam Ferguson/The New York Times)
A U.S. Navy pilot and a weapons system officer (co-pilot) after returning from a mission over Iraq, on the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Persian Gulf on Aug. 6, 2015. The six-hour round-trip flights provide air cover for Iraqi troops on the ground, as Navy and Marine fighter pilots and weapons officers drop bombs on Islamic State fighting positions.(Adam Ferguson/The New York Times) ADAM FERGUSON NYT
A U.S. Navy pilot and a weapons system officer (co-pilot) after returning from a mission over Iraq, on the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Persian Gulf on Aug. 6, 2015. The six-hour round-trip flights provide air cover for Iraqi troops on the ground, as Navy and Marine fighter pilots and weapons officers drop bombs on Islamic State fighting positions.(Adam Ferguson/The New York Times) ADAM FERGUSON NYT

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