January 25, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
COALITION FORCES TARGET IRAQI ANTI-AIR ARTILLERY SITE
MACDILL AFB, TAMPA -- In response to Iraqi hostile acts against Coalition aircraft
monitoring compliance of United Nations Security Council Resolutions over Southern Iraq,
Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to
target one anti-air artillery site near Tallil, approximately 170 miles southeast of Baghdad. The
strikes occurred at approximately 6:20 a.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. The Coalition executed
today's strike after Iraqi air defense forces fired anti-aircraft artillery and surface-to-air missiles
at Coalition aircraft patrolling the Southern No-Fly zone.
The last Operation Southern Watch strike was January 24, when Coalition aircraft used
precision-guided weapons to strike an air defense command and control facility near Al Haswah.
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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