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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

17 August 2002

Text: Coalition Air Forces Strike Iraqi Mobile Radar Unit August 17

(Central Command says incident occurred in southern "no-fly" zone)
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The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), headquartered in Tampa, Florida,
released the following statement August 17:
(begin text)
August 17, 2002
Release 02-08-04
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COALITION FORCES STRIKE IRAQI MOBILE RADAR UNIT
MACDILL AFB, FL - In response to recent Iraqi hostile acts against
Coalition aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone, Operation
SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today
to target a mobile radar unit in southern Iraq at approximately 6:30
a.m. EDT [1030 GMT].
Coalition strikes in the No-Fly Zones are executed as a self-defense
measure in response to Iraqi hostile threats and acts against
Coalition forces and their aircraft. The last Coalition strike in the
Southern No-Fly Zone was against two mobile radar units on August 14,
2002.
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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(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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