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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


September 25, 2002 Release 02-09-09

MACDILL AFB, FL -- In response to Iraqi hostile acts against Coalition aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to strike Iraqi air defense facilities near Al Kufa, approximately 80 miles south of Baghdad , and Al Basrah, approximately 245 miles southeast of Baghdad, at approximately 4:45 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 military air defense communications facilities near Al Amarah and Tallil, on Sep. 24, 2002.

This calendar year there have been more than 140 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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