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Feb 06, 2003
Release No: 03-02-03

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

COALITION FORCES DROP LEAFLETS IN SOUTHERN IRAQ


SOUTHWEST ASIA - Coalition aircraft dropped informational leaflets over southern Iraq today. Coalition forces dropped leaflets at approximately 2:30 a.m. EST at several locations near Al Basrah, Az Zubayr, Umm Qasr and An Nasiriyah. The Coalition dropped a total of 480,000 leaflets over the locations, between An Nasiriyah, which is located approximately 170 miles southeast of Baghdad, and Al Basrah, which is located approximately 245 miles southeast of Baghdad.

The types of leaflets dropped today informed the Iraqi people of radio frequencies where Coalition forces are broadcasting information about United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441, United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's reign and other topics. Another type of leaflet stated that Coalition forces do not wish to harm the noble Iraqi people or destroy their landmarks, and for the civilian populace to avoid military occupied areas.



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