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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


September 28, 2002

Release 02-09-12

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 a military mobile radar near Al Basrah, Iraq and a surface-to-air missile site near Qalat Sikur, Iraq at approximately 5 p.m. EDT.

Al Basrah is located approximately 345 miles southeast of Baghdad, and Qalat Sikur is located approximately 130 miles southeast of Baghdad. 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 a surface-to-air missile control radar and a surface-to-air missile launcher near Tallil and an air defense operations center near Al Amarah on Sep. 27, 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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