Iraq targets Coalition aircraft
April 19, 2002
UNITED STATES EUROPEAN COMMAND (April 19, 2002) -- Iraqi forces threatened Operation Northern Watch (ONW) Coalition aircraft today. Iraqi forces air defense radar actively targeted Coalition aircraft from locations east of Mosul while ONW aircraft conducted routine enforcement of the Northern No-Fly Zone.
Coalition aircraft responded to the Iraqi attacks by dropping precision ordnance on elements of the Iraqi integrated air defense system.
All coalition aircraft departed the area safely.
Coalition aircraft have been enforcing the Northern No-Fly Zone for more than 10 years. Since Dec. 28, 1998, Saddam Hussein has opted to challenge this enforcement by firing at coalition aircraft with surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and anti-aircraft artillery and by targeting with radar. Operation Northern Watch aircraft respond in self-defense to these threats, while continuing to enforce the No-fly Zone.
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