January 2, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
COALITION FORCES TARGET AIR DEFENSE COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES
MACDILL AFB, FL -- In response to Iraqi hostile acts against Coalition aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to target four Iraqi air defense cable repeaters. The facilities were located southeast of Al Kut, approximately 100 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strikes occurred at approximately 3 p.m. EST.
Target battle damage assessment is ongoing.
Coalition strikes in the No-Fly Zones are executed as a self-defense measure in response to Iraqi hostile threats and acts against Coalition forces and their aircraft. Today's strike came after Iraqi forces fired anti-aircraft artillery at Coalition aircraft in the Southern No-Fly Zone.
The last Coalition strike in the Southern No-Fly Zone was January 1, 2003, against an Iraqi military air defense radar near Al Qurnah.
Coalition aircraft never target civilian populations or infrastructure and go to painstaking lengths to avoid injury to civilians and damage to civilian facilities.
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