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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


February 13, 2001 RELEASE NUMBER: 01-02-02

MACDILL, AFB, FL - In response to recent Iraqi violations of United Nations Security Council Resolutions, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to strike a surface-to-air missile site in southern Iraq at approximately 1:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

All coalition aircraft returned safely and target battle damage assessment is ongoing.

The site was targeted to further degrade Iraq's ability to threaten coalition aircraft and aircrews enforcing United Nations' mandates. The last coalition strike in the Southern No-Fly Zone was against Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery sites on February 11.

To date, there have been more than 700 separate incidents of Iraqi surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery fire directed against coalition aircraft since December 1998. Iraqi aircraft violated the Southern No-Fly Zone more than 150 times during the same period.

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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