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Troop Transport

Fewer Americans have been flying in the period since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and that has idled much of the U.S. commercial airline fleet. Now, with the Bush administration moving closer to a confrontation with Iraq, the Pentagon may use a special program to enlist some of those unused aircraft as wartime transports. NPR's Jackie Northam reports.

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Jackie Northam is NPR's International Affairs Correspondent. She is a veteran journalist who has spent three decades reporting on conflict, geopolitics, and life across the globe - from the mountains of Afghanistan and the desert sands of Saudi Arabia, to the gritty prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and the pristine beauty of the Arctic.