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SLUG: 2-279072 US / Iraq (L only)
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DATE=8/7/01

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=U-S / IRAQ (L ONLY)

NUMBER=2-279072

BYLINE=DAVID SWAN

DATELINE=WASHINGTON

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INTRO: U-S planes have bombed Iraqi air defenses after the jets came under fire. V-O-A's David Swan reports there have been several such clashes this year.

TEXT: The Pentagon's European Command, whose pilots patrol the no-fly zone in northern Iraq, says this latest exchange took place north of the city of Mosul. U-S officials say the Iraqis fired both anti-aircraft guns and missiles. In return, allied planes dropped bombs on an unspecified target.

President Bush, who was briefed about the incident while vacationing in Texas, tells reporters the response was correct.

/// BUSH ACT ///

(Iraqi President) Saddam Hussein is a menace. He's still a menace. And we need to keep him in check and (we) will.

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Allied fighters have flown over northern and southern Iraq since shortly after the Gulf War, frequently trading fire with Iraqi forces.

Mr. Bush and other officials downplay suggestions that the long-running conflict is escalating. But a Pentagon spokesman, Admiral Craig Quigley, says the Iraqis have become more aggressive this year.

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There has been a much more concerted effort on the part of the Iraqis, both in northern and southern watch (northern and southern Iraq) to try to down a coalition aircraft.

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Iraq recently came close to shooting down an American U-Two spy plane. The allies have not yet retaliated for that attack. (Signed)

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