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Operation Southern Watch
1993 Events

  • 29 July 1993 -- In separate incidents, two US Navy EA-6Bs, part of Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, fired anti-radar missiles at Iraqi SAM sites after being illuminated by the sites' surveillance radars.
  • 29 June 1993 -- A Southern Watch F-4G fired an anti-radar missile at a AAA site after the Iraqis illuminated it and another F-4G patrolling the southern no-fly zone.
  • 26 June 1993 -- Retaliating for Iraqi complicity in an attempt to assassinate former President Bush, the US fired 23 cruise missiles at the headquarters of the Iraqi secret police in Baghdad.
  • 13 January 1993 -- With Iraqi missile sites still operational south of the 32d parallel, and Iraqi troops making repeated forays across the newly demarcated border with Kuwait, President Bush ordered punitive strikes against 32 Iraqi missile sites and air defense command centers.
  • 7 January 1993 -- Tension eased in the Persian Gulf. Despite defiant rhetoric, the Iraqis began removing their missiles from the southern no-fly zone.
  • 6 January 1993 -- The US, Britain, France and Russia issued a joint ultimatum to Iraq, demanding that Baghdad withdraw all surface-to-air missiles south of the 32d parallel.

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