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COALITION FORCES STRIKE AIR-DEFENSE FACILITIES

June 28, 2002 Release 02-06-06

MACDILL AFB, FL - In response to Iraqi attacks on Coalition aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone today, aircraft from Operation SOUTHERN WATCH used precision-guided weapons today to strike facilities of a military offensive command and control center at approximately 3:50 a.m. EDT.

This facility was struck because it helped direct anti-aircraft artillery attacks today against Coalition aircraft authorized by the United Nations Security Council to enforce the no-fly zones 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. The last Coalition response to Iraqi attacks on aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone occurred June 20, 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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