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COALITION AIRCRAFT RESPOND TO IRAQI AAA FIRE

March 30, 2001 RELEASE NUMBER: 01-03-05

MACDILL AFB, Fla. - In response to recent Iraqi AAA fire directed against coalition forces, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to strike an anti-aircraft artillery site in Southern Iraq at approximately 2:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The site was targeted to degrade Iraq's ability to threaten coalition pilots enforcing United Nations mandates.

There were no coalition aircraft damaged, and all aircraft returned safely.

There have been more than 780 incidents involving Iraqi surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery directed against coalition aircraft since December 1998. Iraqi aircraft violated the Southern No-Fly Zone more than 160 times during the same period.

Coalition aircraft never target civilian populations or civilian infrastructure and go to painstaking lengths to avoid injury to civilians and damage to civilian facilities.



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