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The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.) March 12, 2003

news Briefs: U.S. intensifies Iraqi airstrikes

DOHA, Qatar - The air war over Iraq has effectively begun.

Fighter jets now bomb Iraqi targets almost daily and the Air Force has dropped more bombs and missiles in the past three months than in the previous three years.

The U.S. Central Command has announced airstrikes on nine of the last 10 days, targeting more than 20 individual locations. At least 16 of those were described as "military communication" sites. The others were a surface-to-air missile system and various radar systems.

U.S. pilots on Tuesday used precision-guided weapons to bomb three unmanned, underground military communication sites southeast of Baghdad. The attack followed two Monday strikes in southern Iraq.

Since November, there have been more than 120 airstrikes, compared with 110 in the previous 34 months, according to GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington nonprofit group focused on defense issues.

- From wire reports


Copyright 2003, The Durham Herald Co.