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February 18, 2003
Release No: 03-02-15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

COALITION FORCES TARGET IRAQI MOBILE AIR DEFENSE RADAR AND SURFACE TO SURFACE MISSILE SYSTEMS


MACDILL AFB, FL -- In response to Iraqi threats to Coalition aircraft monitoring compliance of United Nations Security Council Resolutions, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to target an Iraqi mobile air defense early warning radar and a mobile multiple-rocket system. Both the mobile air defense radar and the rocket system were located near Al Basrah, approximately 250 miles southeast of Baghdad. The strikes occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. EST.

Target battle damage assessment is ongoing.

The Coalition executed today's strike after Iraqi forces moved the mobile radar and missile system into the Southern No-Fly zone.

The last Operation Southern Watch strike was on February 17, as Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons to target an Iraqi military mobile air defense early warning radar that provided information to the Iraqi air defense network. The radar was located near Ar Rutbah, approximately 250 miles southwest of Baghdad.

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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