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August 10, 2001 RELEASE NUMBER: 01-08-01

MACDILL AFB, FL - - In response to recent Iraqi hostile acts against Coalition aircraft monitoring the No-Fly Zones in Iraq, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today in a routine strike against military communication, radar and missile sites in southern Iraq at approximately 5:30 a.m. EDT.

Target battle damage assessment is ongoing.

Coalition strikes in the No-Fly Zones are executed as a self-defense measure in response to Iraqi hostile threats and acts against Coalition forces and their aircraft. If Iraq were to cease its threatening actions, Coalition strikes would cease as well. The last Coalition strike in the Southern No-Fly Zone was against an Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery site on July 17.

To date, there have been more than 1000 separate incidents of Iraqi surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery fire directed against Coalition aircraft since December 1998, including more than 375 in this calendar year. Iraqi aircraft violated the Southern No-Fly Zone more than 160 times since December 1998.

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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