COALITION FORCES STRIKE AIRCRAFT DETECTION SITE IN IRAQ
JANUARY 24, 2002 RELEASE NUMBER: 02-01-12
MACDILL AFB, FL -- In response to hostile Iraqi threats against Coalition pilots and aircrews conducting routine monitoring of the Southern No-Fly Zone, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to strike an anti-aircraft artillery site in southern Iraq at approximately 7:20 a.m EST.
Target battle damage assessment is ongoing. Today's coalition strikes in the No-Fly Zones were executed as self-defense measures in response to Iraqi hostile threats and acts against Coalition aircrews and their aircraft and are not related to the President's campaign against terrorism. If Iraq were to cease its threatening actions, Coalition strikes would also cease. The last Coalition strike in the Southern No-Fly Zone was against an Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery site on January 23, 2002.
To date, Iraq has fired anti-aircraft artillery and surface-to-air missiles against Coalition aircraft on more than 1,060 occasions since December 1998. Iraqi aircraft have violated the Southern No-Fly Zone more than 160 times in 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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