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INTRO: For the second time this week, allied warplanes have attacked targets in Iraq, this time in the southern part of the country. V-O-A's David Swan reports from Washington.
TEXT: Pentagon officials say this was the biggest raid since February, with about 20 U-S and British strike planes taking part.
A spokesman says the aircraft launched precision-guided weapons at three targets a communications center, a surface-to-air missile base and a long-range radar. The attacking planes all returned safely. So far, there is no word on damage.
All the strikes took place in the country's southern no-fly zone, which allied jets have patrolled since the Gulf War. The targets were all part of Baghdad's integrated air-defense system. Defense officials say Iraq has rebuilt the network, which was hit earlier this year, and has lately stepped up efforts to shoot down coalition aircraft.
U-S officials vow to continue the patrols, despite the heightened risk and warnings from President Saddam Hussein. Tuesday the allies bombed air-defense sites in the northern no-fly zone after being fired on by Iraqi missiles and guns. (Signed)
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