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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


July 15, 2002 Release 02-07-04

SOUTHWEST ASIA - In response to Iraqi threats against Coalition aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used a precision-guided weapon yesterday to strike a mobile radar unit associated with a mobile surface-to-air missile launcher in southern Iraq. The strike occurred at approximately 1:25 p.m. EST.

Coalition aircraft flights are authorized by the United Nations Security Council to enforce the no-fly zones in southern Iraq. The radar unit was struck because it represented an imminent threat to Coalition aircraft operating in the No-Fly Zone.

This strike was a self-protection measure in response to an Iraqi threat against Coalition forces and their aircraft. 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 air-defense facility on July 13.

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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