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COALITION AIRCRAFT STRIKE INTEGRATED AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM

May 30, 2002 Release 02-05-07

MACDILL AFB, FL - In response to recent hostile Iraqi acts against Coalition aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone, aircraft from Operation SOUTHERN WATCH used Precision-guided weapons today to strike components of an offensive radar system in southern Iraq at approximately 6:20 p.m. EDT today.

Coalition strikes in the No-Fly Zones are executed as a self-defense measure in response to hostile Iraqi acts against Coalition forces and their aircraft. The last Coalition response to Iraqi aggressive acts in the Southern No-Fly Zone occurred May 24, 2002.

Coalition aircraft never target civilian populations or infrastructure and go to painstaking lengths to avoid injury to civilians or damage to civilian facilities.



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