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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

September 6, 2002
Release 02-09-05


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COALITION FORCES STRIKE ANTI-SHIP MISSILE FACILITY

MACDILL AFB, FL -- In response to recent Iraqi hostile threats against Coalition ships in the Arabian Gulf, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to strike a ground-launched anti-ship missile near Al Basrah, 245 miles southeast of Baghdad, at approximately 5:45 p.m. EDT.

Target battle damage assessment is ongoing.

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 an air defense command and control facility on Sep. 5, 2002.

This calendar year there have been more than 130 separate incidents of Iraqi surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery fire directed against Coalition aircraft. 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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