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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


October 1, 2002

Release 02-10-01

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 Kut, approximately 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, at 5:00 pm 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. Today's strike came after Iraq placed a military mobile radar south of the 33rd parallel and flew military aircraft into the Southern No-Fly Zone. The last Coalition strikes in the Southern No-Fly Zone were against a military mobile radar near Al Basrah and a surface-to-air missile site near Qalat Sikur, on Sep. 28, 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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