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COALITION STRIKES IRAQI OFFENSIVE AIR SITE

June 14, 2002 Release 02-06-04

MACDILL AFB, FL In response to Iraqi attacks on Coalition aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone yesterday, aircraft from Operation SOUTHERN WATCH used precision-guided weapons today to strike facilities of an offensive command and control system at approximately 5:20 a.m. EDT.

The facilities struck today had been targeted because they were used to direct yesterday's attack against the Coalition aircraft monitoring the no-fly zone in southern Iraq.

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 attacks on aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone occurred May 30, 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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